Trumpet and Cornet Player Gunnery Sergeant Benjamin Albright of Wilson, N.Y., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 2008.
Gunnery Sgt. Albright began his musical instruction on trumpet at age 9. After graduating from Wilson Central High School in 1999, he earned his bachelor of music degree in trumpet performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2003, where he studied with Alex Jokipii, principal trumpet of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He earned master’s (2005) and doctoral (2008) degrees in music performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor under the instruction of William Campbell.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Albright performed with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colo., and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in New York.
Gunnery Sgt. Albright performs with the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra at the White House, in the Washington, D.C., area, and across the country during the band’s annual concert tour.