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Lieutenant Junior Grade Clint McClanahan,

Concert/Ceremonial Department Head


Lt. j.g. Clint McClanahan

A native of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Lt.j.g. Clint McClanahan was raised on military instillations around the world. He received a Bachelor of Music Education in 1997 from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. After enlisting in the Navy in 2003, he reported to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Band, where he performed as an electric bass instrumentalist throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and deployed with the U.S. Navy Showband to Brazil in support of UNITAS XLVII.


In 2007, McClanahan reported to the U.S. 7th Fleet Band in Yokosuka, Japan. As a member of Far East Edition, he traveled extensively throughout 11 countries including Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia and Australia. While aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), he qualified as an enlisted surface warfare specialist.


In 2009, he returned to Norfolk, assigned to the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, where he deployed in support of Continuing Promise 2011 aboard USNS Comfort (T-AH 20). While underway, he planned and coordinated band operations and logistics throughout nine countries in Central and South America.


In 2012, McClanahan reported to the Unit Leader Course at the Naval School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia. Upon graduation, he was selected to join the faculty as popular music group and contemporary ensemble rehearsal techniques instructor. Following his commissioning in 2015, McClanahan served as the assistant director of U.S. Fleet Forces Band. In 2017, he reported to the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, where he is the concert/ceremonial department head, as well as the administrative, legal and safety officer.