Meet the Musician
Chief Musician Christina L. Bayes,
Chief Musician Christina Bayes, from Martinsburg, W.Va., joined the Navy Band in 2000. She earned a Bachelor of Music magna cum laude from West Virginia University in 1995 where she studied flute with Joyce Catalfano and orchestral repertoire with Lawrence Christianson. She also earned a Master of Music in flute performance from Illinois State University in 1998 where she studied with Dr. Kimberly McCoul-Risinger. During her college years, Bayes actively performed in master classes, including those of Paula Robison, Leone Buyse, Donald Peck, Bernard Goldberg, and Jeanne Baxtresser. In 1995 and 1996, she was a selected performer for Walfrid Kujala's orchestral master classes at Northwestern University. In 1998, she was a Young Artist for the Flute Society of Washington and won the prestigious performance fellowship at the University of Maryland, where she studied with Dr. William Montgomery and earned her Doctoral degree in flute performance.
Bayes is the principal flutist of the Harp/Flute Duo, and has been a featured soloist with both the Concert and Ceremonial Bands. As an active recitalist in the metropolitan area, she has performed eight solo recitals featuring modern music and has performed at the National Flute Association's National Convention. She is an avid freelance performer and a contributing author, featured in the international flute publication, Flute Focus.