April 25, 2014

GSU World Famed Alum Promoted to Marine Band Leader

GSU alum, Andres Navarro, has been promoted to the position of warrant officer of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band in San Diego, Calif.
GSU alum, Andres Navarro, has been promoted to
the position of warrant officer of the 3rd Marine
Aircraft Wing Band in San Diego, CA.

By DONTAVIUS MOORE
Grambling State University Media Bureau

Grambling, LA – One Grambling State University alumnus landed his dream job recently, and he said GSU played a significant role.

Andres Navarro has been promoted to the position of warrant officer of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band in San Diego, Calif. He holds the title as director of the band.

Navarro was in the Grambling State University World Famed Tiger Marching Band from 1997-2002. While in the band he played the French horn, bass guitar and piano.

"Andres was a superb musician and had raw talent that is very hard to find,” said Larry Pannell, GSU’s marching band director.

As he climbed the ranks in the GSU band, he became the head drum major of the band in the 2001-02 season. His talent was displayed in the 2002 film “Drumline” featuring actor Nick Cannon.

Navarro, 39, has been in the United States Military for 10 years. His band is broken down into five ensembles with a total of 52 members. He was promoted in 2013.

While playing the French horn at Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, his band director, Israel Charles, encouraged him to attend Grambling State. Charles, also a GSU alum, is a part of Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., as is Navarro.

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