John R. Bourgeois was born in 1934 in Gibson, Louisiana, and he attended Loyola University in New Orleans. While a student at Loyola he performed with the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Orleans Opera Company. He joined the Marine Corps in 1956 and was stationed with the Department of the Pacific Marine Band. In 1958 he joined "The Presidents Own" United States Marine Band as a french hornist and member of the arranging staff. He became the 25th director of the United States Marine Band on May 31, 1979. Col. Bourgeois is president of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He has served as president of the National Band Association, and as president and later chairman of the board of directors of the American Bandmasters Association. He has been a member of the board of directors of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and as American Vice President of the International Military Music Society. He is also a member of the Military Order of the Carabao, the Alfalfa Club, and Washington's prestigious Gridiron Club. On July 11, 1996 Col. Bourgeois retired as Director of the United States Marine Band, conducting a brilliant Change of Command concert at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. which was followed the next day with a personal reception in President Clinton's private quarters in the White House. Today the Colonel maintains a very active professional schedule serving as a guest conductor, clinician, artist in residence, and adjudicator for bands all over the world. The Bourgeois Editions are published exclusively by Wingert-Jones Publications and represent the musicianship, musical integrity, and research which have been hallmarks of Col. Bourgeois' work for many years. These classic works for concert band are now made available in valid, meticulously prepared editions which make better, more enlightened performances possible by good bands everywhere.