Mary Murphy Joins Music City Legend As New Assistant Conductor

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Music City Legend Drum & Bugle Corps is pleased to announce the selection of Mary Murphy of Lebanon, Tennessee, as the corps’ new Assistant Drum Major. Mrs. Murphy is the owner of Flying Hippo Ranch®, a graphic design firm specializing in design, manufacturing, packaging, and promotion. Additional services include identity consultation, custom logos, T-shirts, posters, and various promotional materials. The Ranch primarily serves music artists, labels, and non-profit organizations by providing comprehensive design services from project concept and prototype to product delivery and promotion.

Her duties with the corps will include backfield conducting. She also plays a prominent “acting role” in the corps’ 2009 production, A Soldier’s Chronicle.

MCL Assistant DM Mary Murphy, photo credit to Penny Wyatt

Mrs. Murphy is also an accomplished musician, transcriptionist, and composer. She has worked on projects for Coca-Cola, AT&T, Garth Brooks, and the Spin Doctors, performed before crowds of 85,000, and performed solo for President Reagan. She was also a member of the McDonald’s All-American High School Band and All-American Jazz Band (both on tuba). Mary majored in Music Engineering on a full scholarship to the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida. She is also a veteran of the United States Air Force where she performed on piano.

Together with her husband, Joe Murphy (Music City Legend’s Program Director and Brass Arranger), Mary is the co-owner of LOUD Mouthpieces™, an innovative instrumental mouthpiece manufacturer providing a wide range of specialty mouthpieces for professional brass instrumentalists. The couple also owns Murphy Musicworks, a professional music service specializing in arrangements, transcriptions, lead sheets, original works, and the graphics materials to promote such projects.

Mary and Joe have two amazing children, Lindsay Christenbury, 20, and Sean, 19. They also have a rescue chihuahua, Trooper, a valley cheagle (chow/beagle), Reesie, and enjoy watching the stars at night out on their deck at the Ranch.

Music City Legend is in its fifth season of field competition following two consecutive 11th place finishes at the DCA World Championship in Rochester, New York. The corps will host its annual DCA all-age drum corps contest, Music City Metal III, this Saturday, August 1st, at 7:00 PM, at Antioch High School, 1900 Hobson Pike, Antioch, Tennessee. More information on the contest and the corps can be found online at or call 615-691-1918.

Posted by on Friday, July 31st, 2009. Filed under DCA News.