Senior Chief Musician Colin Renick
Senior Chief Musician Colin Renick is a native of Belmont, Massachusetts. After earning a Bachelor of Science in film production from Ithaca College in 1995, he went on to pursue a career in music. He attended the State University of New York at Buffalo where he studied with Edward Yadzinsky, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in music. He then attended Indiana University where he completed the double degree program, earning two Master of Music diplomas in saxophone performance and jazz studies. While at IU, he studied classical saxophone with Otis Murphy, and jazz with David Baker, Pat Harbison and Tom Walsh.
Renick’s professional credits include a cross-section of musical styles, from classical to jazz to R&B to free improvisation. Highlights include performances with the Genkin Philharmonic, the Odean Pope Saxophone Choir, David Baker’s Indiana University Jazz Ensemble, the Four Tops, and the Bachelor Boys Band. In addition, he is a founding member of several original ensembles, including the Saxophone Cartel (a saxophone quintet), and Kineticrenick (a nine-piece jazz ensemble). He is active as a composer and arranger of music in all styles and for ensembles of all sizes.
In 2006, Renick auditioned and was selected for assignment to the U.S. Naval Academy Band, where he reported for duty following recruit training at RTC Great Lakes. He performs as saxophone instrumentalist with the marching band and ceremonial units, wind ensemble, Blues & Gold, Superintendent's Combo and chamber winds. For collateral duties, he serves as the band’s Public Affairs Office Manager and Command Fitness Leader, and the Unit Leader of the Superintendent's Combo.
Renick's awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Navy Good Conduct Medal (five awards), the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, and the Armed Forces Service Medal. He was also named the 2013 Sailor of the Year by both the USNA Band and the Naval Academy - Annapolis Area complex.