Senior Chief Musician Ray Ascione is a native of Annapolis, Maryland. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet performance, where he studied with Eddie Palanker, and a Master of Science human resource development from Towson State University.
MUCS Ascione enlisted in the Navy in 1989. Following recruit training at RTC, Great Lakes, he completed Navy Music Basic “A” Course in Little Creek, VA. In 1990, he auditioned and was selected for assignment with the U. S. Naval Academy Band as a clarinetist with the marching band and ceremonial units. Currently, he is assigned as Operations Division Chief for the band as well as the band’s CPO 365 Coordinator.
MUCS Ascione has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2 awards), Navy Good Conduct (8 awards), National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.