Fred Marcellus holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Wichita State University.
A native of the Washington, D.C. area, he is an active teacher, clinician, adjudicator, soloist and freelance trumpet player. He is a frequent substitute and extra player with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Washington Opera Orchestra.
From 1991-2000, he was soloist and assistant principal solo cornet/trumpet with the “President’s Own” US Marine Band performing many times at the White House and at military functions throughout the region including two Presidential inaugurations. He appeared as soloist with the Marine Band more than 130 times on 4 national tours and summer concert series.
He has appeared as trumpet soloist with the American Ballet Theater at Lincoln Center in NY and has performed as soloist at the Mid-West Band and Orchestra in Chicago, the MENC Conference, the New York Brass Conference, the International Trombone Conference, the Eastern Trombone Conference and with the Wichita Symphony. He has recorded with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Eastman Wind Ensemble and numerous times with the Marine Band.
Prior to returning to Washington D.C. in 1991, he was a member of the Wichita Symphony and the Wichita Faculty Brass Quintet in Wichita, Kansas.
Throughout his career as a freelance musician, he has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Chautauqua Symphony (N.Y.), the Wichita Ballet Orchestra, the Baltimore Concert Artists, Alexandria Symphony, Baltimore Opera, Annapolis Symphony, the Wolf Trap Opera, the Richmond Symphony, the Eugene Symphony, the Heidelberg Opera Orchestra, the University of Maryland Faculty Brass Quintet, the Missouri Chamber Orchestra, the All American College Orchestra at Walt Disney’s EPCOT Center, the Eastman Wind Ensemble and with the Eastman Brass Quintet.
He is presently a member of the Washington Ballet Orchestra and serves as the orchestra’s contractor. He also currently plays with the Virginia Grand Military Band, the Capital Wind Symphony and is finishing his military time with the 257th Army Band, known as the Band of the Nation’s Capital from the DC National Guard.