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Lieutenant Commander Diane Nichols,

Executive Officer

Lcdr. Diane Nichols

Lt. Cmdr. Diane Nichols, from Buffalo, New York, holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Music in wind band conducting from Louisiana State University. She has completed the Navy’s Basic Music, Section Leader, Ceremonial Conductor/Drum Major and Senior Musician courses, and has studied conducting with Anthony Maiello, Carlos Riazuelo and Donald McKinney.

After enlisting in the Navy in 1990 as a trumpet instrumentalist, she served with Navy Band San Diego; Pacific Fleet Band in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Atlantic Fleet Band in Norfolk, Virginia; and on staff at the Navy School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia. Commissioned as a Navy bandmaster in 2005, she has served as the assistant director and director of the U. S. Naval Academy Band, director of Navy Band New Orleans, director of Navy Band Southwest, and is currently the executive officer of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. Nichols has also served as a clinician and adjudicator for school bands of all levels, and has guest conducted and performed in community bands and orchestras all over the United States.

Nichols’ personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), and Navy Good Conduct Medal (5 awards).