Chief Musician Lynda Dembowski is a native of Waynesboro, Virginia. She attended James Madison University, earning a Bachelor of Music Education in 1991 and a Master of Music in clarinet performance in 1997. She received an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University in 1999. In 2008, she was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her principal teachers include Loren Kitt, Mark Nuccio, Leslie Nicholas, and Dr. S. James Kurtz.
MUC Dembowski has performed with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, American Sinfonietta Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, and Londontowne Symphony Orchestra. She became a charter member of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra in 1993, and has been a featured soloist. She also served as middle and high school band director for Augusta County Public Schools in Virginia.
In 1999, MUC Dembowski auditioned and was selected for assignment to the U.S. Naval Academy Band. Following recruit training at RTC, Great Lakes, she reported for duty as clarinetist with the concert band, marching band, woodwind quintet, and ceremonial units. In 2003, she won the position of Principal Clarinetist with the concert band. She serves as Ceremonial Band Unit Leader, Educational Outreach Program Coordinator, Enlisted Conductor, Woodwind Quintet Unit Leader, and Education Services Officer.
MUC Dembowski has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal (3 awards), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal.