This Day in History: 1951-06-24

Douglas Hedwig, American trumpeter, earned first doctor of musical arts degree from The Juilliard School, tenured member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (1973-2000), first cornet with the Goldman Band at Lincoln Center, cofounder of the Metropolitan Brass Quartet and Piedmont Brass Quintet, Broadway pit musician in several shows, taught at The Juilliard School, the Brooklyn College Conservatory of New York, cofounded the chamber festival in Orvieto, Italy, president of the National Association for Civil War Brass Music, authority on the postern, award-winning composer, born in Jamaica, New York.

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