WASHINGTON - A Rochester native and Spaulding High graduate will be present at today's funeral for former President George H.W. Bush.
Master Gunnery Sgt. Kurt Dupuis will participate in the services at the Washington National Cathedral by playing trumpet in "The President's Own" United States Marine Chamber Orchestra.
Dupuis also performed with the orchestra at President Gerald Ford's funeral service in 2007 and marched with "The President's Own" United States Marine Band in President Ronald Reagan's funeral procession in 2004.
Dupuis joined "The President's Own" United States Marine Band in September 1992. He was named principal trumpet in 1997. He began his musical instruction at age 8 and studied with Terry Detwiler, former Marine Band solo cornet.
He graduated in 1985 from Spaulding High School and earned a bachelor's degree in music from Boston University in 1990 where he also pursued graduate studies. Dupuis' teachers included Roger Voisin, Peter Chapman, and Dr. Robert Stibler. In addition, he has received extensive coaching from Rolf Smedvig, Timothy Morrison, Jeff Curnow, and Susan Slaughter.
Prior to joining "The President's Own," Dupuis was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Mass., and was a participant at the Grand Teton Orchestral Seminar in Jackson Hole, Wyo., for two summers. He also was a member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet, winners of the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition, Summit Brass International Chamber Music Competition, and the Rafael Mendez International Chamber Music Competition.
The quintet toured the United States and Canada under Columbia Artist Management and coached at the Empire Brass Seminar at the Tanglewood Institute. Dupuis has performed in conjunction with the Empire Brass both at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Bermuda Arts Festival.
Today's funeral service begins at 11 a.m.