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Retiring US Navy Band chief to take Marshall post

Photo from The Point Pleasant Register Capt. Brian O. Walden
Photo from The Point Pleasant Register
Capt. Brian O. Walden

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Capt. Brian O. Walden will join the Marshall University music faculty in August as the new director of bands, following his July retirement as commanding officer of the United States Navy Band.

Walden earned a bachelor’s degree in music with a double major in religious studies from Saint Leo University in Florida and a master’s degree in wind ensemble conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he was given the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2012. He also holds a graduate diploma in national security strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He is currently studying in the doctoral program in music education at George Mason University.

A native of Trenton, S.C., Walden has guest-conducted ensembles and has performed as a trumpet instrumentalist in more than 74 countries…

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