Meet the Musician
Senior Chief Musician John T. Parsons,
Information Systems Chief
Senior Chief Musician John Parsons, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., joined the Navy Band in 1999 as a founding member of the Cruisers. Since November 2001, he has been a member of the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, the Commodores, and is a featured soloist on nearly every performance. Prior to his appointment to the Navy Band, he attended Old Dominion University and was a member of the Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Md., where he performed with the Electric Brigade. He has been featured at the International Association of Jazz Educators and the Midwest Clinic, performing with Bob Mintzer, Chris Potter, Jerri Bergonzi and other jazz legends.
Parsons has also performed with one of the region’s most prominent jazz fusion group, Secrets. This band was renowned for undertaking complex works by artists such as Flim & the BB’s, Michael Brecker, Chick Corea, The Yellow Jackets, and many others.
Since joining the Navy Band, Parsons has held command-level duties in operations and is currently the assistant information systems chief, recently earning accreditation as a certified information assurance professional.