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Lieutenant Commander Robert J. Wrenn, USN
Commanding Officer, Naval School of Music

Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander Robert “Jeff” Wrenn hails from Calabash, N.C., where he entered Naval service in October of 1988. After completing Musician "A" School, Armed Forces School of Music, Little Creek, Va., he was assigned to the CINCSOUTH Band in Naples, Italy where he served as saxophone instrumentalist, guitarist and vocalist.

Subsequent enlisted assignments included Navy Band New Orleans and the Seventh Fleet Band in Yokosuka, Japan, where he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in September of 1999. He later served at the Atlantic Fleet Band in Norfolk, Va., prior to his commissioning on September 1, 2002.

His first assignment as a Limited Duty Officer (Bandmaster) was Assistant Director of the United States Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Md. While there he also served as Assistant Officer Representative for the USNA Drum & Bugle Corps. LCDR Wrenn has also served as Director, Navy Band New Orleans; the Deputy/Assistant Head of the Navy Music Program (PERS-4014) and temporary duty as Band Support Officer at the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO) in Millington, Tenn. In June 2008 he returned to Yokosuka, Japan, to serve as Fleet Bandmaster, Seventh Fleet embarked on USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and in August 2011 he reported to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he served as Fleet Bandmaster, PACIFIC Fleet. He assumed duties as Executive Officer, Naval School of Music, in Virginia Beach, Va., in June of 2014 and transferred to the position of Director, Fleet Band activities in May 2015. In July 2016, LCDR Wrenn became the 18th Commanding Officer of the Naval School of Music.

Lieutenant Commander Wrenn is a graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music Section Leader; Ceremonial Conductor/Drum Major; and Enlisted Bandleader Course. He also holds Bachelor Degree’s in Music and Business Administration and a Master’s of Science in Management. During twenty-six years of Naval service, LCDR Wrenn has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (eight awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) and others.

Lieutenant Commander David J. Latour, USN
Executive Officer, Naval School of Music

Executive Director

LCDR David Latour, a native of Pawtucket, R.I., began studying percussion at the age of eight. After graduating from Tolman Senior High School in 1989 he attended the Community College of Rhode Island until he enlisted in the Navy in 1992.

After completing basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill., he attended the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Va. His first assignment was to the Atlantic Fleet Band in Norfolk, VA, where he served as percussionist for the Navy Showband. As a member of the Showband, he completed two UNITAS training cruises aboard USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and USS Stump (DD 978), performing extensively along the west coast of Africa, U.S. Virgin Islands, and throughout South America. It was during his second deployment that Latour qualified as an enlisted surface warfare specialist (ESWS).

In 1995, he transferred to Navy Band Mid-South in Memphis, Tenn., where he was assigned to the contemporary entertainment ensemble "Atlantis" and jazz ensemble "Sternwheel Drive." During this tour he performed extensively throughout the Midwest and Mid-South region in support of Navy recruiting and community outreach efforts. In 1999, Latour was assigned to the U.S. 6th Fleet Band in Naples, Italy, where he served as percussionist and leader of the jazz ensemble that performed throughout Europe and the Mediterranean region. In 2000, he was promoted to the rank of musician 1st class, and was selected as a limited duty officer bandmaster in 2003. In May 2003, he returned to the Armed Forces School of Music to attend the senior musician course and was commissioned an Ensign in May 2004.

After completing officer indoctrination school in Pensacola, Fla., he reported to his first officer assignment at the Atlantic Fleet Band as assistant fleet bandmaster. In June 2006, he was assigned to his first bandmaster position as the director of Navy Band Mid-South. In July 2009, he was assigned to the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC, as specialty group’s department head/supply officer where he was responsible for the operational readiness of the Commodores, Country Current, Sea Chanters and Cruisers performing ensembles. In March 2012, he reported to Naples, Italy where he served as bandmaster for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band. In March 2016 he reported to his current assignment as Executive Officer, Naval School of Music.

LCDR Latour's awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal (four awards), National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Sea Deployment Service Ribbon (two awards), Navy Overseas Service Ribbon (seven awards), and Navy Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon.

MUCM (IDW) James L. Ramsey
Command Master Chief
Naval School of Music

Command Master Chief

Master Chief Ramsey is the Command Master Chief and Senior Instructor for the Naval School of Music. A native of Louisville, Ky., he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1990 after graduation from DuPont Manual High School and the Youth Performing Arts School. Upon completion of recruit training at RTC San Diego, Calif., he attended the Basic Music course of instruction at the Naval School of Music in Little Creek, Va.

His prior duty stations include the following: Allied Forces Band, Naples, Italy; The Center For Service Support, Athens, Ga.; Navy Band Great Lakes, Ill.; Navy Band Mid-South, Millington, Tenn.; Navy Band New Orleans, La.; Navy Band Northeast, Newport, R.I.; Navy Band Northwest, Seattle, Wash.; Sisth Fleet Band, Naples, Italy; U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band, Naples, Italy.

On September 15, 2004 he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer and transferred to Navy Band Northeast assuming the role of Operations Chief. During this highly successful tour he also served as the Ceremonial Band Unit Leader, Leading Chief Petty Officer, and acting Assistant Director/Senior Enlisted Leader. This tour was highlighted by serving as the Chairman of the Newport Area Chief Petty Officer Transition Committee. In 2007, he was hand selected by the Head of Navy Music (PERS-4014) to serve as the Musician Career Manager at the Center for Service Support where he was responsible for the career development and training of over 700 Navy Musicians. In addition, he earned the designation as a Master Training Specialist and served as the Training Management Leading Chief Petty Officer, Command Career Counselor for 300 Sailors.

In June 2009, he reported to Navy Band Northwest Band where he served as Assistant Director/Senior Enlisted Leader. This tour was highlighted with the activity being awarded the Navy Total Force Retention Excellence Award for both Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010. In February 2011, he reported to the U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band, the Navy's and DoD’s largest forward deployed, joint-service, multi-national Military Band as the Senior Enlisted Leader. During this tour he also served as the Special Programs Manager to the Fleet Master Chief of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa. In March 2014, MUCM Ramsey reported to the U.S. Navy Band, Washington, D.C., where he served as the Fleet Band Liaison for the Navy Music Program.

Master Chief Ramsey is a graduate of the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat Course, U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Course, Senior Musician Course, Musician Unit Leader Course, Navy Instructor Training Course, and Command Career Counselor Course. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Arts (Music) and a Masters of Business Administration (Change Management).

His awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit and campaign awards.