Principal percussionist MUC Robert McEwan enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in January, 2001. He attended the Eastman School of Music, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and the Juilliard School. Chief McEwan also attended the Tanglewood Music Center, the National Repertory Orchestra, and was a two-time contemporary music fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. He has held the position of principal percussionist of the Rhode Island Philharmonic since 1995, percussionist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra since 1999, and principal percussionist with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra since 2003. Chief McEwan has enjoyed a diverse musical career; he has performed extensively with the New York Philharmonic, been a member of the Talujon Percussion Quartet, and played a nine month run of an off-Broadway musical. He has performed on Hollywood movie soundtracks, on pop and classical recordings, and with many popular touring acts. He has performed contemporary classical music with the finest ensembles in New York City, and he has been privileged to perform orchestral music under the direction such luminaries as Boulez, Maazel, Mehta, Mazur, Previn, and Gergiev.