Music alum shares talents at his fourth presidential inauguration

<strong>President’s Associates Ball 2016 raises $55,000 for life-changing scholarships</strong> It was an incredible evening of good food, fine wine, cooking presentations, giving and gratitude during the 2016 President’s Associates Ball on April 22 in the Doña Ana Community College student lounge.

When Gunnery Sgt. Douglas Quinzi ’02 ’04 graduated from New Mexico State University, he probably couldn’t have guessed he would one day perform at the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump.

It was Quinzi’s fourth inauguration since joining “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band as a French horn player in 2004.

“It’s a privilege to be able to make music for a living, and it is indeed an honor to do it while representing the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps,” Quinzi says.

As he performs with the band around the country, Quinzi is also continuing his love of learning that began at NMSU by pursuing a doctorate of music arts at the University of Maryland.

“The faculty at NMSU definitely taught me how to conduct myself like a professional and how to prioritize practice and study,” he says, “but the most valuable thing was observing people working and succeeding in a career they loved.”

– Taylor Vancel