Chief Musician Jim Hurd
Clarinet ~ Bass Clarinet
Chief Musician Jim Hurd hails from East Meadow, New York, and graduated from East Meadow High School in 1995. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from the Manhattan School of Music in 1999. His principal teachers were Charles Russo, William Kerr, Isidore Cohen, Henry Schuman, and Stephen Taylor.
While at the Manhattan School of Music, Hurd performed in the premier student orchestra as well as the Contemporary Music Ensemble. He has performed under the baton of such prominent conductors as Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Zdenek Mácal, Sergiu Commissiona, and Kurt Masur.
In 1999, Hurd auditioned and was selected as clarinetist with the U.S. Naval Academy Band where he performs in the marching band, chamber winds, clarinet quartet, and ceremonial units. He also serves as Head Drum Major and Assistant Operations Coordinator.