Trumpeter/cornetist Gunnery Sergeant Brian Turnmire joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in January 2003. Gysgt Turnmire began his musical instruction at age 6. Upon graduating from Ridgeland High School in Georgia in 1997 where he studied trumpet under Tina Erickson, he attended the University of Georgia in Athens, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music education in 2002 and studied with Fred Mills. Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Turnmire was principal trumpet for the Chattanooga Symphony in Tennessee.
In 2011 he was featured as a tour soloist on Herbert L. Clarke’s “The Southern Cross.” He also performs with Free Country, the Marine Band’s country music ensemble.