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Meet the Musician

Lieutenant Christopher Cornette,

Special Groups Department Head, Administrative Officer, Associate Conductor



Lt. j. g. Christopher Cornette

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lt. Christopher Cornette studied horn performance with Jeff Snedeker at Central Washington University. While there, he also performed as a freelance artist, appearing with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Mahler Festival Orchestra as well as numerous chamber music groups across Washington state.


Cornette joined the Washington Air National Guard in 1995 and served for two years as the principal hornist of the 560th Air National Guard Band before joining the Navy in 1997. After tours with the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Band and the U.S. 6th Fleet Band he attended the Unit Leader Course at the Naval School of Music where he studied ceremonial conducting and small ensemble rehearsal techniques. Following his training he reported to Navy Band Southwest and served as leading petty officer, ceremonial conductor, drum major, woodwind quintet leader and principal hornist. He also served as the Navy Music Program auditions coordinator from 2007 to 2009 and edited the Navy Music Program's quarterly professional journal, Program Notes.


After his promotion to Chief Musician in 2009, Cornette returned to the Naval School of Music and attended the Senior Musician Course, studying large ensemble rehearsal techniques and wind ensemble conducting. After a brief tour as leading Chief Musician for Navy Band Mid-South, he received his commission as a naval officer in 2011 and served as the assistant director of the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band in Naples, Italy.


Cornette reported to the U.S. Navy Band in November 2014 and serves as specialty groups department head.