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CW04 Benjamin J. Bartholomew
Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment,
Naval School of Music

Commanding Officer

Hailing from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, CWO4 Bartholomew graduated from Stroudsburg High School in June of 1988 and began his enlistment in the Marine Corps in October of the same year. Upon completion of recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, he reported to the Armed Forces School of Music, Norfolk, Virginia, where he completed the Basic Music Course.

He reported to his first permanent duty station, the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band, Okinawa, Japan in August of 1989, where he served as a French horn instrumentalist and featured soloist. In August of 1993 he was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division Band, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he served as horn section leader, assistant drum major, and platoon sergeant.

In 1997, he returned to the Armed Forces School of Music to attend the Ceremonial Conductor/Drum Major Course. After graduating in July of 1998, he joined the faculty as a Drum Major Instructor and Platoon Sergeant for the Marine Element. He was promoted to staff sergeant in February 1999 and in July of the same year attended the Enlisted Band Leader Course.

From January 2000 until February 2002 he served as the Musician Technical Assistant for the 8th Marine Corps District, auditioning applicants for Marine Music throughout Texas and the southwestern United States.

He was promoted to gunnery sergeant in January of 2002, appointed a warrant officer in February of 2002, and subsequently transferred to The Basic School, Quantico, Virginia, for the Warrant Officer Basic Course. As a band officer he has served as the Director/Officer in Charge of the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band (2002-2006), the 2D Marine Aircraft Wing Band (2006-2009 and 2012-2015) and the Quantico Marine Corps Band (2009-2012).

Throughout his career CWO4 Bartholomew has served as a primary marksmanship instructor and has been an active competitive marksman. During his tour with III Marine Expeditionary Force, he served as the Team Captain for the MEF Headquarters Group Shooting Team. He is also a graduate of Expeditionary Warfare School and Command and Staff College.

CWO4 Bartholomew’s personal awards include: Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars in lieu of 3rd award and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars in lieu of 3rd award. His competitive marksmanship awards include: Secretary of the Navy M1 Trophy Rifle, Division Match Gold Medal (rifle), three Division Match Silver Medals (2 rifle, 1 pistol), and Division Match Bronze Medal (pistol).

CWO4 Bartholomew began his current assignment in July of 2015 and has been selected for promotion to CWO5.


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Master Gunnery Sergeant William L. Call, Jr.
Senior Enlisted Advisor,
Naval School of Music

Senior Enlisted Advisor

Master Gunnery Sergeant William L. Call, Jr. is the Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music. He enlisted into the United States Marine Corps as a clarinetist in 1996 and since then has served as an Enlisted Conductor and Bandmaster (SNCOIC) of Marine Corps Band New Orleans (1997-2002; 2012-2015), Parris Island Marine Band (2008-2015), and III Marine Expeditionary Force Band (2002-2004). Between 2004 and 2008 Master Gunnery Sergeant Call served as the Musician Technical Assistant for the First Marine Corps District where he supervised the recruitment of qualified musicians in the Northeastern United States to staff the Marine Corps bands. His most recent assignment was duty at the Naval School of Music (2015-2017) where he served as the Advanced Academics Division Head, Advanced Course conducting instructor, and wind ensemble conductor.

Master Gunnery Sergeant Call is the recipient of the 2003 Commandant of the Marine Corps Staff Noncommissioned Officer Musician of Year. He was the top gunnery sergeant to graduate the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy Advanced Course in Camp Lejeune, N.C., as well as the top graduate of the Naval War College Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, R.I. He is the recipient of the John H. Power Excellence in Communications Award, the Surface Navy Association Military Heritage Award, and the City of Newport Academic Excellence Award. While attending the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Master Gunnery Sergeant Call was made an honorary Chief Petty Officer, an honor which he holds in very high regard.

His personal decorations are the Meritorious Service Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one gold star in lieu of second award, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award.


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