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DeRidder sailor serves as oboist with U.S. Navy’s Concert Band

Story by Mass Communications Specialist Seaman Amanda L. Owens, Navy Office of Community Outreach

WASHINGTON (NNS) – A U.S. Navy Sailor from DeRidder, assigned to the United States Navy Concert Band in Washington, boasts a unique distinction: that of being one of the Navy’s finest musicians.
Musician 1st Class Joshua I. Arvizu, a DeRidder native, joined the Navy Band as an Oboist in 2009. He graduated from Northwestern State University with a Bachelor of Music, graduated from University of North Texas with a Master of Music and is currently working towards a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Catholic University of America.
The Concert Band, considered to be one of the finest wind ensembles in the world, is one of six ensembles that make up the United States Navy Band, based in Washington. The Concert Band has been performing public concerts and participating in high profile ceremonial events for nearly 90 years.  The band presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and a modern wind ensemble repertoire.
One of the United States 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.
"America's Navy has only recently adopted the motto, 'Being There Matters,' but it's been a part of what we do for many years - through music - and therefore Navy bands are integral to our national security," said Capt. Brian O. Walden, the Navy Band's commanding officer. "I can’t tell you how excited I am to have our bands out on the road, sharing our Navy story and Navy music with people all across our great nation.”
Arvizu and the Concert Band are currently on a national tour, which includes 22 performances in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Arvizu and the band will travel more than 5,300 miles, traveling by bus and truck an average of more than four hours each day.
“I love the music, the group is extremely versatile,” said Arvizu.  “If you come to a concert you will notice anything from standard wind band repertoire to Broadway show tunes to Sousa marches.”
To be selected for the Navy Band, Arvizu went through a competitive live audition from among the very best musicians in the country.
“Making it into the Concert Band made me a professional musician,” said Arvizu. “I come from a family with a strong military tradition, my grandfather served in the navy during World War II and my dad retired as an officer from the Army. I couldn’t think of a better way to combine my family’s tradition and my love of music.”
Arvizu, along with his Navy Band colleagues, represents the hundreds of thousands of America’s finest Navy men and women, ready to defend America at all times.
For more information and press materials about the United States Navy Concert Band, visit http://www.navyband.navy.mil/concert_band.shtml.
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