SGM Max Wharton is the Bassoon Section Leader with The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" concert band and orchestra. He is also the Training NCOIC for the band and has been a member of the Woodwind Quintet since 2000. Originally from Grafton, Ohio, his career in the Army began in 1997. Wharton holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Bassoon Performance from Cornell College (Iowa), a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Bassoon Performance and Pedagogy from The University of Iowa. Wharton has performed with the Fairfax Symphony, the Arlington Symphony, and the Cedar Rapids Symphony and served on the faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music.