Musician First Class Sam Doo-sik Chin, a native of Seoul, South Korea, became a naturalized United States citizen in 2005. He received a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, receiving merit-based scholarships from both institutions. His teachers include Douglas Cornelson, Deborah Chodacki, and Daniel Gilbert.
Before joining the Navy, MU1 Chin performed with the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, National Symphony Summer Institute Orchestra, Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphonic Band, and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. He was a prize-winner in the 1998 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ (NFAA) Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS). As a strong advocate of music and arts education, MU1 Chin spent four seasons on the staff of Michigan Youth Ensembles.
In 2005, MU1 Chin auditioned and was selected for assignment to the U.S. Naval Academy Band. Following recruit training at RTC Great Lakes, he reported for duty as clarinetist with the marching band and ceremonial units. He also serves as Information Technology (IT) Assistant, Assistant Drum Major, and Ceremonial Conductor.
MU1 Chin has been awarded the Navy Good Conduct Medal (3 awards), National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.