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Senior Chief Musician Gunnar R. Bruning,


MUCS Gunnar R. Bruning

Senior Chief Musician Gunnar Bruning, a native of Marathon, Wis., joined the Navy Band in 2001.  He earned a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1999 and a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in 2001.  His teachers include Bob Kase and Alan Siebert.  Bruning has appeared with national and international ensembles including the Dayton Philharmonic, Annapolis Symphony, Fairfax Symphony, Rome Festival Orchestra, Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and the Lakeshore Wind Ensemble. 


Bruning has performed "Taps" for numerous high-profile funerals including the interment of President Gerald Ford in Grand Rapids, Mich., in January 2007.  He has also served as a faculty member at the Washington Conservatory of Music in Bethesda, Md.  In his spare time he enjoys sailing, hiking, and spending time with family.