Prior to joining The United States Army Band SFC Shawn Hagen served eight years with The United States Army Field Band, during which he performed across the US and abroad with the Concert Band and the Embassy Brass Quintet.
When not in uniform, Hagen is active in the thriving music scene surrounding D.C. He frequently joins the sections with The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and Musical Theater Orchestra. Recent performances included Washington National Opera’s 2016 Ring Cycle and solo horn in the Kennedy Center productions of Little Dancer, Gigi, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. He has also performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Washington Concert Opera, Signature Theater, Apollo Chamber Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Hagen is passionate about education. He served as horn professor at The Peabody Conservatory from 2012-2017. He was the brass coach for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra and has also taught at American University and The Bullis School. He serves as the Maryland state representative of the International Horn Society and frequently appears as a guest artist and adjudicator at horn workshops across the country.
He lives in Silver Spring, MD with his son August. Both are currently exploring the wonders of the ukulele.