Concert set for 7 p.m. Friday at Cherry Point theater

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The 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band rehearses for its annual Christmas concert, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday at the Cherry Point base theater. The band will also march in Saturday’s Havelock Christmas Parade.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM.

Cpl. Anthony Sutton admits he doesn’t know how to ride a horse but he has become an expert at using his trumpet to make the sound of a horse.

Sutton will be making that familiar sound when the 2nd Marine Aircraft Band performs its annual Christmas concert Friday at the base theater.

Sutton’s big moment comes at the end of the holiday classic "Sleigh Ride."

"As soon as I learned how to do it, it just kind of came. It’s not too hard," Sutton said last week during one of the band’s rehearsals.

"Basically I half valve the trumpet instead of pressing the valves all the way down. I blow a stream of fast air through so that I can get that nice horse sound and get that shake."

Lance Cpl. David Shearin, a percussionist, has nearly enough pressure in that he will be producing the sound of the horse whip during the piece.

"My part will be the whip crack, which everyone should know," Shearin said. "I play six different notes in the piece. Only six. They’re all equally important and it is probably the most crucial part of the piece.

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