Paul R. Demers was appointed bass clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach in March 2006. Previously Mr. Demers performed as bass clarinetist with the National Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony, among others. He was also a regular substitute bass clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1997 Mr. Demers won a position with “The President’s Own” Marine Band in Washington, D.C. During his four-year tenure with the Marine Band, he performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and E-flat clarinetist as well as a section clarinetist. As a chamber musician, Mr. Demers has performed at the Saratoga and Kingston chamber music festivals, and with Dolce Suono and Network for New Music in Philadelphia. He serves on the faculty of Temple University. Born in Westbrook, Maine, Mr. Demers started playing clarinet at age 10 and began private lessons at age 14. He continued his studies with Larry Combs and John Bruce Yeh at DePaul University in Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Music, and a Performance Certificate.