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Musician 1st Class John L. J. Armstrong,


MU1 John L. J. Armstrong

Musician 1st Class John Armstrong, from Nashville, Tenn., joined the Navy Band in March 2012. He holds both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also attended the Eastman School of Music. Armstrong's primary teachers include his father Gary Armstrong, Patrick E. McGuffey, Robert Sullivan, James Darling and David R. Scott.

Prior to joining the Navy Band, Armstrong served as acting assistant principal trumpet of the Nashville Symphony and also performed with the Canton Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic. Following completion of his graduate degree, Armstrong maintained a studio of 50 private trumpet students in Austin, Texas, where he was mentored by Bruce Dinkins.

As a home-schooled high school student, Armstrong earned a pre-college performance certificate from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and performed frequently with the Nashville and Huntsville Symphony orchestras as an extra/substitute musician and appeared as a soloist with the Nashville and Montgomery Symphony orchestras. Also while in high school, Armstrong performed with Amy Grant, Vince Gill, and Michael W. Smith, and was a featured performer on NPR's "From the Top." Armstrong has been a first place winner of the Tennessee Trumpet Competition, and has twice won the Louisiana and National Trumpet Competitions. He has attended the National Orchestral and the Boston University Tanglewood Institutes and the Sewanee Summer Music and Sunflower Music Festivals.

During his free time, Armstrong enjoys playing bass guitar, working on his '73 Volkswagen Super beetle, playing racquetball, and spending time with family.