Meet the Musician
Chief Musician Jennifer L. Stokes,
Chief Musician Jennifer Stokes joined the Navy Band in June 2009 as a bassoon instrumentalist. Originally from Webster Groves, Missouri, Stokes earned both a Bachelor and Master of Music in bassoon performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. Her teachers have included members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Richard Svoboda and Gregg Henegar.
Prior to the Navy Band, Stokes taught bassoon at Plymouth State University and performed with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony, and the Glens Fall Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with celebrated conductors Pierre Boulez, Bernard Haitink, Leonard Slatkin and Gunther Schuller, and has performed in Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Poland, Czech Republic and Germany.
Stokes plays bassoon in the Concert/Ceremonial Band and is a member of the Woodwind Quintet. She is also proud to be the Navy Band liaison for the Armed Forces Blood Program, helping to host multiple blood drives each year at the Navy Yard, and volunteers with Salute to Life, the U.S. military's bone marrow donation program.