On August 31, John Babcock (PC ‘87, Trumpet; BM ’87, Music Education; MM ‘89, Trumpet) retired from the United States Naval Academy Band (Annapolis, MD) after 22 years of service. While in the band, Babcock performed as a trumpeter with the concert band, brass quintet, ceremonial band, marching band and various other chamber ensembles. He founded the USNA Band Brass Ensemble in 1996 and served as leader of the ensemble until his retirement. Connections between the ensemble and Peabody include performing in Friedberg Hall, being conducted by J. Ernest Green, Gene Young and Murray Sidlin. Babcock now teaches middle school music and coaches football and lacrosse at Calvert School (Baltimore, MD). He also continues to contract for musical services as a member of Carrollton Brass, serves as principal trumpet of the Bach Concert Series in Baltimore, and freelances.