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Tooting his own horn - Alumni Profiles
March 2010 Issue
Brian Turnmire is more than a full-time musician, he is a witness to history. As a trumpeter in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Corps Band, Staff Sgt. Turnmire (BMus ’02) has a ringside seat to some of the most exclusive events in the nation, including the last two presidential inaugurations. “It’s an incredibly long day of performances,” says the Ridgeland native. “We play live at the swearing-in ceremony, march down Pennsylvania Avenue in the parade and then play again at one of the inaugural balls, ending about midnight.” Since January 2003 Turnmire has performed with the 160-member band, the nation’s oldest continuously active musical organization, which was formed in 1798. His first job after graduation from UGA was as principal trumpeter with the Chattanooga Symphony. But he also had auditioned for the Marine band, and when that job came through he enlisted for a four-year tour and moved to Washington, D.C. He has re-enlisted twice since then. “I was hired …
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