Technical Sgt. Marcel Marchetti, a native of Antioch, has been named winner of the 2012 "Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award."
The award is named after Col. Finley R. Hamilton, a retired commander and conductor of the U.S. Army Field Band Program.
Marchetti, a trumpet player, graduated from the University of Miami, studying both music performance and jazz. He joined the military in 1994, served in the Band of the United States Air Force Reserve before joining the U.S. Air Force Academy Band in 2009. Marchetti is one of the four people who play a trumpet for the Falconaires.
In addition, Marchetti did volunteer work with the Red Cross during the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, and has stressed the importance of community relations, regardless of one's occupation. "Now the Colorado Springs community knows the U. S. Air Force Academy Band as the "go to band," he said.
Marchetti's also has performed in the "Holly and Ivy" holiday concerts for 13,000 people and with the Falconaires' jazz ensemble for Connecticut audiences of more than 7,000. In addition, he has performed "Taps" at five high-profile Academy funerals honoring fallen military members.
Marchetti also is a teacher and has given nine musical master classes this year for more than 100 students.
He is the son of Romano and the last Carol Marchetti of Antioch.