When the Navy Band strikes up to play “Anchors Aweigh,” watch the left side of the formation.
If your eyes are sharp, you’ll spot Petty Officer First Class David Babich playing the saxophone at the 58th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony.
Babich, 32, is a 2002 graduate of Amherst Steele High School, where he played for the Marching Comets under directors Randy Border and Christopher Barbaro.
After earning a music degree from Bowling Green State University, Babich entered the Navy and auditioned in 2008 against 46 other saxophonists for a seat in the prestigious band.
The full band of 99 will march at the inauguration of Donald Trump in Washington, D.C.
Babich said he will be in the second row on the left side of the formation and will pass directly in front of the dais where the president will sit.
“I think it will be exhilirating to march by the president, but I’m not nervous,” he said in a phone interview.
After all, it’s not his first time playing for the leader of the free world.
Babich played in the Navy Band at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2012, albeit slightly farther away — he was on the other side of the formation and the other side of bullet-proof glass, he laughed.
Other memorable performances included the opening game for the Boston Red Sox in 2011 and on Pearl Harbor Day this year at the World War II Memorial where Vice President-Elect Mike Pence and Sen. John McCain were in attendance.
As a musician, Babich also provides final military honors to service members at Arlington National Cemetery.
He is the recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal (two), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, and Global War on Terror Medal.
Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.
Courtesy photo U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class David Babich will play Jan. 20 at the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
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