NEW BERLIN — Chief Musician Brandon Almagro, originally from New Berlin, will come home to Wisconsin while on tour with the United States Navy Band, which will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee.
Almagro plays trumpet with the band that will present four of its 23 concerts this year in Wisconsin.
Almagro joined the Navy Band in 2005. He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2002 and a master of music from the University of Maryland in 2004.
He performed taps live on PBS at the 2009 National Memorial Day Concert on the National Mall. He also was featured in the National Geographic book, "Where Valor Rests: Arlington National Cemetery."
In addition to his performance duties in the concert and ceremonial bands, Almagro is a member of the Navy Band brass quintet.
He also has performed with the Washington Symphonic Brass, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the McLean Orchestra. He has also performed nationally with Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band, the O’Jays and Inscape Chamber Orchestra.
The Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy, presents an array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and has a modern wind ensemble repertoire. As the original ensemble of the Navy Band, the concert band has performed public concerts and participated in high-profile events for nearly 90 years.
One of the U.S. Navy Band’s primary responsibilities involves touring the country. The concerts are family-friendly events, meant to be entertaining to veterans, families, individuals and those interested in joining the Navy.
All Navy Band performances are free to the public.