Chief Musician James Fowler is a native of Ponca City, Oklahoma. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma City University in 1990 and a Master of Music Education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1994.
Prior to enlisting in the Navy, MUC Fowler performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Tulsa Philharmonic, and the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. He also served on the faculties of Northern Oklahoma College and Southern Nazarene University.
In 2000, MUC Fowler 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 string bassist with the concert band, Next Wave Jazz Ensemble, and Superintendent’s Combo. He also performs on sousaphone in the marching band. MUC Fowler currently holds the positions of Superintendent’s Combo unit leader, Principal String Bassist of the Concert Band, and Fiscal Manager.
MUC Fowler has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal (4 awards), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Expert Rifleman Medal, and the Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal.