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Marine Band Members
Principal Tuba
Master Sgt. Franklin Crawford

Tuba Player Frank Crawford of Cheboygan, Mich., joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in June 2000. He was appointed assistant principal tuba in 2016, and principal tuba in 2019.

Master Sgt. Crawford began his musical training at age 8. After graduating in 1996 from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, he attended Indiana University in Bloomington where he studied with Daniel Perantoni. He also studied with the late David Randolph of Interlochen Arts Camp and Jeannie Little of the Interlochen Arts Academy. Master Sgt. Crawford received his bachelor of music degree from the University of Maryland in College Park in 2007, where he studied with Toby Hanks. In 2011, he received his master’s degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he studied with David Fedderly.

Master Sgt. Crawford 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. With the Marine Band he has performed Richard Domek’s arrangement of Jean-Baptiste Arban’s Carnival of Venice, Alexander Goedicke’s Concert Etude, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra.