Vernon native to play in Inauguration ceremony

| 22 Feb 2012 | 07:49

‘Hail to the Chief’ among the numbers he will perform WASHINGTON, D.C. — Staff Sgt. Joseph DeLuccio of Vernon will serve in the 56th Inauguration of the president of the United States on Tuesday, Jan. 20, as a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. The Marine Band will provide music for the Inauguration swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, lead the second division of the parade and perform at various inaugural balls throughout Washington, D.C. DeLuccio, who plays oboe and English horn, joined the Marine Band in January 2005. He began his musical training at age 7, and has studied piano, clarinet and oboe. Upon graduation in 1995 from Vernon Township High School, he attended Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in oboe performance in 1999. In 2001, he earned a master’s degree in oboe performance from DePaul University in Chicago. DeLuccio is the son of Joseph and Justine DeLuccio of Hamburg, and he currently resides in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Marine Band, DeLuccio performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Concertante di Chicago, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra in Highland Heights, Ky., the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Elgin, Ill.; and The Louisville Orchestra in Kentucky. This marks the Marine Band’s 53rd consecutive Inaugural appearance. In March 1801, the Marine Band performed for the Inaugural of Thomas Jefferson and has performed for every presidential inaugural since. An accomplished musician himself, Jefferson recognized the unique relationship between the band and the chief executive by giving the Marine Band the title, “The President’s Own.”