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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Holmes County native, Chief Musician Thomas Wheeler is coming home to Ohio on March 15, on tour with the United States Navy Band.
The state was chosen to host five of the 23 concerts in nine states by the U.S. Navy Band during its 2017 tour — one of the Navy's signature outreach programs.
The local U.S. Navy Concert Band performance is scheduled for March 15, 2017, at 7 p.m., at Akron Civic Theatre.
Wheeler joined the Navy Band in 2003, after graduating from West Holmes High School in 1995. He received a Bachelor of Music in French horn performance from Indiana University in 1999, where his teachers included Mike Hatfield and Tom Sherwood.
Wheeler has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Fairfax Symphony, the Richmond (Indiana) Symphony and the Ashland Symphony Orchestra. He also is a founding member of the Nova Brass Quintet, a Washington, D.C.-based brass quintet.
The Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy, presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire. As the original ensemble of the Navy Band, the Concert Band has been performing public concerts and participating in high-profile events for nearly 90 years.
One of the U.S. Navy Band’s primary responsibilities involves touring the country. All of the band’s primary performing units embark each year on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country, allowing the band to reach out to audiences in areas of the country that do not have opportunities to see the Navy's premier musical ensembles on a regular basis. 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 and open to the public.