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St. Albans conductor takes on a new post

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A distinguished Franklin County conductor is taking on a new post.

Col. Michael Colburn is retiring as the 27th director of the President's Own United States Marine Band. During his more than 20 years of service, the St. Albans native took on different roles from principal euphonium to assistant director and since 2004, music adviser to the White House.

On Monday, Vermont's senior senator wished the colonel well from the Senate floor in Washington.

"In thanking Col. Colburn for his services in his many, many memorable performances conducting the President's Own, following in the footsteps of John Philip Sousa but making his own giant footsteps for others to follow," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont.

Colburn is leaving his post at the White House to become of the director of bands at Butler University.

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