Meet the Musician
Senior Chief Musician Courtney R. Williams,
Concert Moderator, Announcer
Senior Chief Musician Courtney Williams, the concert moderator for the U.S. Navy Concert Band, joined the Navy Band in 1996. He attended the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) where he studied with George Bitzas and was winner of the freshman men category of the Tennessee National Association of Teachers of Singing competition in 1994. Prior to joining the Navy Band, Williams performed as a bass soloist with the Lake Junaluska Singers in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
Williams spent eight years as a bass vocalist in the Sea Chanters prior to joining the Concert Band in 2004, and has been a featured vocalist at the White House for many distinguished military and public events. He sang at the memorial service for Rear Adm. Alan Shepard and also participated in memorial services for the victims of USS Cole (DDG 67) and the "National Day of Prayer and Remembrance" at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. In 2002, he was part of an interservice ensemble that performed at the presidential wreath-laying ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Currently, Williams has the proud distinction of being the "Voice of the Navy." His commanding and resonant voice has been featured on hundreds of high profile concerts and ceremonies, and he is a featured soloist with the Concert Band. He was the narrator at the 2004 opening of the Clinton Presidential Library and was heard worldwide as the announcer at the 56th and 57th presidential inauguration ceremonies for President Barack Obama. He has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).