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Branford Marsalis, saxophonist, composer and bandleader, opens the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by playing the National Anthem. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)
Photo by: Andrew Geraci
Branford Marsalis, saxophonist, composer and bandleader, opens the Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by playing the National Anthem. (Andrew Geraci/ The Washington Times)

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