Senior Chief Musician Lynda Dembowksi
Senior 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.
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, 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 marching band, woodwind quintet, and ceremonial units. She serves as Leading Chief Petty Officer of marching and ceremonial units, Educational Outreach Program Coordinator, and Enlisted Conductor.