Chief Musician Davy DeArmond was born and raised in Lenoir City, TN where he began trumpet studies with his father at the age of 10. After graduation from Lenoir City High School in 1998, he attended the University of Tennessee where he received a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance, studying with Cathy Leach. He then went on to earn a Master of Music from Mannes College of Music in New York, NY, studying with Robert Sullivan. He completed a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kentucky in 2012, studying with Mark Clodfelter. Additionally, he studied with Ray Mase and Kevin Cobb at the Aspen Music Festival.
MUC DeArmond has performed with the Charleston Symphony, Connecticut Ballet, Lexington Philharmonic, Knoxville Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Richmond (IN) Symphony, and was principal trumpet of the Oak Ridge Symphony. He has played with the Washington Symphonic Brass, Signature Theatre Orchestra and Musica Viva and has toured nationally with Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band and the USAF Heartland of America Band. He currently serves on faculties at Washington College and Anne Arundel Community College. MUC DeArmond was the recipient of the Performance Award from Mannes College of Music and was awarded a fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival for the 2004 season, serving as principal trumpet of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. He was the winner of the Columbia Bach Society Concerto Competition, the Tennessee Trumpet Competition (Solo and Duet Divisions), and the Celebration of Excellence Competition at the University of Tennessee. In 2000 he was a finalist in the National Trumpet Competition.
In 2005, MUC DeArmond 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 trumpeter with the marching band, brass quintet, and ceremonial units. He was a recipient of the 2012 The Finley R. Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award. For his collateral duties, MUC DeArmond serves as Brass Quintet "Gold" Unit Leader, Leading Petty Officer of the Brass Ensemble, Operations Assistant, and Command Fitness Leader Assistant.
MUC DeArmond has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal (2 awards), the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.