Beaverton man performs at Biden presidental inauguration
A Beaverton native performed at the inauguration of President Joe Biden in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
Percussionist gunnery Sgt. David Constantine performed with the United States Marine Band during President Joe Biden's inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.
Rachel Ghadiali with the Unites States Marines Corps says the band provided music for the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol while seated directly beneath the inaugural platform.
The band performed "Hail to the Chief" immediately after Biden was sworn into office, in addition to the national anthem along with Lady Gaga.
Constantine, who graduated from Aloha High School in 1998, began his musical training at age 8, according to Constantine's biography provided by the United States Marine Corps.
After high school, he attended the University of Oregon where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion performance in 2003 and a Master of Music degree in percussion performance in 2005.
Prior to joining the U.S. Marine Band in 2011, Constantine performed with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in New York and the Oregon Coast Music Festival Orchestra of Coos Bay.
He also served as principal timpani player with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and Terre Haute Symphony of Indiana, according to the biography.
Constantine also performs with the Marine Chamber Orchestra at the White House, and across the country during the band's annual concert tour.
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