Meet the Musician
Senior Chief Musician Michael P. Bayes,
Senior Chief Musician Mike Bayes is the drum major for the United States Navy Band. A native of Bowie, Maryland, Bayes began his musical career as a saxophone instrumentalist. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University and later completed a Bachelor of Music in music education at West Virginia University. His teachers include Nancy Gamso, David Hastings, Curtis Johnson, Jay Marcum and Timothy Roberts. While at WVU, he received the Theodore Presser Award and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the Gold Key Honor Society, and Mu Phi Epsilon. He also won the West Virginia Young Artist Award in 1995 as a member of Prism Saxophone Quartet.
In 1996, Bayes auditioned and won a position in the U.S. Navy Band. He performed with the Concert and Ceremonial Bands on local concerts and national tours, as well as many ceremonial engagements from full honors funerals to international tattoos. In addition to his performing duties, he has served as the Navy Band head archivist, concert/ceremonial saxophone section leader, and coordinator of the Navy Band's International Saxophone Symposium. He has served as adjunct professor of saxophone at Towson University.
While still performing as an instrumentalist, Bayes assumed the assistant drum major position in 2001 where he led the band during high-level military and government ceremonies including parades, wreath laying ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, and full honors arrival ceremonies at the Pentagon and White House. Bayes assumed the responsibilities as the Navy's premier drum major in 2014.
Bayes has received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Global War on Terror Service Medal. His hobbies include working in the garden, studying history, cooking, juggling, and spending time with family. He recently completed a Master of Education in teaching and learning history at Liberty University.