Meet the Musician
Chief Musician Darrell C. Fitzpartin,
Piano and Keyboard
Chief Musician Darrell Fitzpartin, a native of Las Cruces, N.M., joined the Navy Band in 2008. He holds a Bachelor of Music in piano and vocal performance from New Mexico State University and a Master of Music from Arizona State University, where he was a graduate assistant under esteemed accompanist Eckhart Sellheim. He has also studied piano with William Leland, voice with Jon Linford, and conducting with William Clark and William Reber.
Prior to entering the military, Fitzpartin was the music director of the Doña Ana Lyric Opera in Las Cruces, where he performed as Figaro in “La Nozze di Figaro,” Harold Hill in “The Music Man,” and Lancelot in “Camelot.” He has also served as music director and conductor for over 35 stage productions, including “A Chorus Line,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Godspell,” “Die Zauberflöte” and Verdi’s “Falstaff,” as well as most of Gilbert and Sullivan’s repertoire. He was the choral director for the Richard Bland College of William and Mary and the Petersburg Festival Chorus in Petersburg, Va. An active church musician, he has served as music director/organist for many churches over the years, has been a featured Navy Band soloist many times, and is one of the band's enlisted conductors.
Prior to his appointment to the Navy Band, Fitzpartin was a member of the Fort Lee Army Band in Fort Lee, Va., the Continental Army Band in Fort Monroe, Va., and was a member of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.