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Lieutenant Commander Diane E. Nichols

LCDR Diane E. Nichols


Lieutenant Commander Diane Nichols, a native of Buffalo, NY, holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Masters of Music in Wind Band Conducting from Louisiana State University. She has completed the Navy’s Basic Music, Section Leader, Ceremonial Conductor/Drum Major, and Senior Musician courses, and has studied conducting with Anthony Maiello, Carlos Riazuelo, and Donald McKinney.

Enlisting in the Navy in 1990 as a trumpet instrumentalist, she has served with Navy Band Southwest in San Diego, California; Pacific Fleet Band in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Atlantic Fleet Band in Norfolk, Virginia; and on staff at the Navy School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia. Commissioned as a Navy Bandmaster in 2005, she has served as the Assistant Director of the U. S. Naval Academy Band, Director of Navy Band New Orleans, Director of Navy Band Southwest, and currently as the Director of U.S. Naval Academy Band.

Her awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3 awards), Good Conduct Award (5 awards) National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon.

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