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North Cascade Concert Band features U.S. Marine Band soloist

Courtesy photo. Gunnery Sgt. Brian Turnmire, of the
Courtesy photo. Gunnery Sgt. Brian Turnmire, of the 'President's Own' U.S. Marine Band of Washington, D.C.
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ARLINGTON — Gunnery Sgt. Brian Turnmire, a trumpet and cornet player with the "President's Own" U.S. Marine Band of Washington, D.C., will be the featured soloist with the North Cascades Concert Band during their annual spring concert.

The concert is set to start at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Byrnes Performing Art Center, adjacent to Arlington High School at 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd.

Turnmire joined the Marine Band in January of 2003, but he began his musical instruction at the age of 6. He graduated from Ridgeland High School in Georgia in 1997, where he studied trumpet under Tina Erickson. He attended the University of Georgia in Athens, where he earned a bachelor's degree in music education in 2002 and studied with Fred Mills. Prior to joining the Marine Band, Turnmire was the principal trumpet for the Chattanooga Symphony in Tennessee.

Turnmire will be playing one of the classics of trumpet literature, "The Southern Cross," and joining the North Cascades Concert Band on "Buglers Holiday," "Trumpeter's Lullaby" and Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust." The North Cascades Concert Band will also be playing Holst's "First Suite in E Flat," "A Dixieland Concert" and a medley of Glen Miller tunes entitled "In the Miller Mood."

The North Cascades Concert Band is directed by Rob Pattermann and assistant director Ray Blank. The concert will be in the John Phillip Sousa tradition of having many encores of Sousa's marches and other works. The band is celebrating its 20th year of entertaining audiences in Northwest Washington.

The concert is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

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