USNA | Ceremonial Units

The Naval Academy Band has two 18-piece Ceremonial Units which serve to create an atmosphere of pageantry and patriotism at official functions. These groups regularly provide musical support for military retirements and change of command ceremonies at the Naval Academy and throughout the mid-Atlantic region. They are led by Chief Musicians Tony Asero and Lynda Dembowski.

The Naval Academy Band Ceremonial Units have provided music for high-visibility events, including the commissioning of the USS Donald Cook, the turning around and homecoming of the USS Constellation, the 100th anniversary of the bombing of the USS Maine, the dedication of Maryland's World War II memorial, and the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland at the World Trade Center in Baltimore. The bands have also appeared at the retirement of Admiral March, Commanding Officer of the Naval Space Command; bill signings at the Maryland State House; the opening ceremonies of the World Cup Soccer Tournament and All-Star Baseball game; and Police Academy graduations for Anne Arundel County and the State of Maryland. Attending dignitaries have included Pope John Paul II, President and Mrs. George Bush, President Bill Clinton, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, and Maryland Governors Martin O’Malley, Robert Ehrlich, Parris N. Glendening, and William Donald Schaeffer.

Ceremonial Unit Roster (click to show/hide)


UNIT LEADERS
MUC Lynda Dembowski - Waynesboro, Virginia (Blue)
MUC Tony Asero - Bowie, Maryland (Gold)

LEADING PETTY OFFICERS
MU1 Jessica Privler - Sterling, Virginia (Blue)


"BLUE" CEREMONIAL UNIT

PICCOLO
MUC Devona Schiller - Baltimore, Maryland

CLARINET
MU1 Benjamin Bokor - Downers Grove, Illinois
MU1 Sam Chin - Ann Arbor, Michigan
MU1 Ben Redwine - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

ALTO SAXOPHONE 
MU1 Colin Renick - Belmont, Massachusetts

TRUMPET 
MUC Carl Lindquist - Sandusky, Ohio 
MU1 Matt Harriman
- Bexley, Ohio  

FRENCH HORN
MU1 Jessica Privler - Sterling, Virginia

TROMBONE
MU1 Russell Sharp - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

EUPHONIUM
MU1 Gregory Battista - Plano, Texas

TUBA
MUC Jarrod Williams - Republic, Missouri 

PERCUSSION
MUCS Nicholas Pastelak - Bel Air, Maryland
MUC Joe McCarthy - Meriden, Connecticut


"GOLD" CEREMONIAL UNIT

PICCOLO
MU1 Erin Ostrowski - Topeka, Kansas

OBOE
MU1 Emily Madsen - Reston, Virginia

CLARINET
MU1 Sheila Cullen- Marietta, Georgia 
MU1 Jim Hurd - East Meadow, New York

ALTO SAXOPHONE 
MU1 Doug O'Connor - Potomac, Maryland

BASSOON 
MU1 Micahla Hendrix - Minneapolis, Minnesota

TRUMPET 
MUC Pasquale Sarracco - Bethel, Connecticut
MU1 Davy DeArmond - Lenoir City, Tennessee

TROMBONE
MU1 Steve Tomlinson - Dayton, Ohio
MU1 Clint Woltering - Richmond, Kentucky

PERCUSSION
MUC Ritchie Smith - Erin, New York
MU1 Kevin Meyer - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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