Musician 1st Class Gregory Battista
Musician 1st Class Gregory Battista, from Plano, Texas, graduated from Plano East Senior High School in 2003. He earned a Bachelor of Music in euphonium performance and music education from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Music in euphonium performance from the University of Arkansas. His primary teachers have been Brian Bowman, Fritz Kaenzig, Benjamin Pierce, and Scott Watson.
Prior to joining the Navy, Battista kept a busy performance schedule that took him to South Korea, Japan, England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Finland, and all over the United States on both euphonium and tuba. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Brass of the Potomac, and with the Fountain City Brass Band on tenor horn, baritone, and E-flat bass. As a soloist, he has performed concerti with the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki Guard Band. Battista is also the founder of the Texas Star Brass Band, the first competitive British-style brass band in the state of Texas.
In 2011, Battista auditioned and was selected for assignment with the U.S. Naval Academy Band. Following recruit training at RTC Great Lakes, he reported for duty as euphoniumist with the ceremonial units and brass ensemble. He also performs on trombone in the marching band. In addition, he serves as photographer and social media correspondent in the Public Affairs Office.