Maryland Symphony Orchestra Maestro Barry Tuckwell will be the grand marshal of this year's Mummers' Parade, according to the Alsatia Club, which sponsors the annual event.
Tuckwell will leave the symphony at the end of this season, the symphony's 16th.
He has served as the orchestra's music director since he co-founded the symphony in 1982. A world-renowned French horn player, Tuckwell gave his final performance Jan. 25, 1997, in Baltimore.
Tuckwell began studying French horn at the age of 13 and two years later gave his first professional engagement as third horn with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, of Australia, according to the Alsatia Club.
In May 1996 he became one of the first people to be sworn in as an American citizen because he met the criteria for the newly created "extraordinary ability" category of the 1990 Immigration Act, according to the club.