Chief Musician Rory Cherry is a native of Dothan, Alabama. In 1995, he graduated from Dothan High School where he was a trombonist with the marching band, and electric bassist with the jazz band. He then attended Wallace Community College in Dothan where he performed as bassist with the big band. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Applied Computer Science from Troy University.
MUC Cherry began his professional career in 1995, performing with various Top 40/Contemporary groups, including the cover band, “All Nite Dwite.”
MUC Cherry joined the U.S. Navy in July 2000. Upon completion of Musician “A” School, he reported to Navy Band New Orleans (NOLA) for duty with the Top 40 band, “Big Easy.” After detaching from Navy Band NOLA, he reported for duty in Norfolk, Virginia with the ATLANTIC Fleet Band, where he served as bassist with the contemporary group, “Four Star Edition.”
In January 2006, MUC Cherry reported to the U.S. Naval Academy Band, where he currently serves as unit leader of the Navy’s premier popular music group, Electric Brigade. He also performs on bass drum with the marching band. MUC Cherry’s collateral duties have included serving as Command Leading Petty Officer of the USNA Band, and as an assistant in the band’s IT Department. He is additionally Chief in Charge of the band's Travel Department.
MUC Cherry has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal.