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Musician 1st Class Nathaniel E. Willson,

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Musician 1st Class Nathaniel Willson joined the Navy Band as French hornist in 2014, after serving more than four years with the U.S. Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Maryland.

Willson was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, but was raised overseas in Japan and India, graduating high school in 1998 from the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India. He holds a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School and a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati. His primary teachers include Randy Gardner, Duane Dugger, Jerome Ashby, Julie Landsman and Bryan Kennedy.

Prior to joining the Navy, Willson was a member of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra.  He has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Opera and the Washington National Opera.

In his free time, he enjoys traveling, studying history, and spending time with his family.