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Master Chief Musician James W. Armstrong III,

Senior Enlisted Advisor

MUCM James W. Armstrong

Master Chief Musician Jim Armstrong, who hails from Springdale, Pa., joined the Navy Band in 1993 as a trombonist in the Concert/Ceremonial department. He holds a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance from Duquesne University and a Master of Music from Northwestern University.  Armstrong studied with Robert D. Hamrick at Duquesne University and later with Frank Crisafulli during his years at Northwestern and in Chicago. After graduating from Northwestern University in 1986, he worked as an active freelance musician in the Chicago area, performing with the Chicago Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Chicago Lyric Opera and the Grant Park Orchestra, among others.  In 1991, he returned to Pittsburgh after winning an audition for the position of acting second trombonist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, a chair he occupied until joining the Navy Band.


In addition to his military duties, Armstrong has remained an active musician in the National Capital region, performing with many ensembles including the National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, the Washington and Baltimore Opera Companies and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He has performed on two Grammy-Award winning recordings and has been a member of the Fairfax Symphony since 1994.


Currently, Armstrong is the Navy Band’s Senior Enlisted Advisor. His previous positions in the band include chief in charge and leading chief musician of the Concert and Ceremonial Bands, as well as unit leader of the Concert Band.