Lieutenant Patrick Hill is a native of Chillicothe, IL. He enlisted in the United States Naval Reserves in 1994. After completion of Recruit Training and Seaman Apprenticeship, he reported to the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center Peoria, IL where he served as a Boatswain's Mate onboard USS SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON (FFG13) and Assault Craft Unit ONE. In 1997, he auditioned for the Navy Music Program and was accepted as a French Horn Instrumentalist.
His enlisted assignments include Navy Band Southeast in Jacksonville, FL, Navy Band Northeast in Newport, RI, the US Fleet Forces Band in Norfolk, VA and Advanced Academics Instructor at the Naval School of Music in Virginia Beach, VA.
In 2012, LT Hill was commissioned as a Limited Duty Officer Bandmaster. His commissioned assignments include Assistant Director, US Naval Academy Band and Training Officer, Naval School of Music.
LT Hill has been a guest conductor, clinician, and a published contributor to professional trade publications. He has also been invited to present his research on Leadership and Training at the 2019 International Conference on Knowledge, Culture, and Change in Organizations.
LT Hill is a graduate of the Basic, Unit Leader, and Senior Musician Courses at the Naval School of Music. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music from Illinois State University, a Master of Arts in Public Policy and International Affairs (with High Distinction) from Liberty University, and a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from Regent University.
His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal (6 awards), and the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal.
Master Chief Jason P. Gromacki, a native of Encino, California, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1991. Upon completion of Recruit Training in Great Lakes, Illinois, he reported to the Armed Forces School of Music at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Norfolk, Virginia for the Musician Basic Course, where he graduated as a Trumpet Instrumentalist.
Master Chief Gromacki's first operational assignment was with the Seventh Fleet Band, homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, and on board the USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) from July 1992 to September 1997. During this time he travelled extensively throughout the band's Area of Responsibility in both the big band Far East Edition and rock band Orient Express, and was promoted to the rank of Petty Officer Third Class.
Far East Edition
In September 1997 he transferred to Navy Band San Diego, California and was present during the band's regional realignment and name-change to Navy Band Southwest. He performed in a variety of ensembles for many notable performances including with the San Diego Symphony and at the Newport Beach Jazz Festival. It was during this tour that he was promoted to Petty Officer Second Class. In 2001 he returned to the School of Music for the Ceremonial Conductor / Drum Major course, and was promoted to Petty Officer First class after graduation. He subsequently stayed on staff as Trumpet Instructor from 2002 to 2005. Upon completing his staff tour he attended the Senior Musician Course and in 2006 was given orders once more to the Seventh Fleet Band where he served as Leading Petty Officer, Operations Coordinator, Big Band Leader, and Drum Major of the Marching Band. It was also during this tour that he received his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist designation and was advanced to Chief Petty Officer.
In 2010 Master Chief Gromacki returned to Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois for duty as a Recruit Division Commander. He attended Recruit Division Commander School and graduated in November, 2010. During his time at RTC he was also the Recruit Band Director, Leading Chief Petty Officer at the Midway Ceremonial Hall where all recruit graduations take place. During his tour at RTC he received his Master Training Specialist designation and was advanced to Senior Chief Petty Officer.
After his tour at RTC, Master Chief Gromacki reported to Navy Band Great Lakes in September 2014 as the Leading Chief Petty Officer. After one year he was selected for duty as the Senior Enlisted Leader at Navy Band Northeast, Newport RI in October 2015 where he was advanced to his current rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. In October of 2017 Master Chief Gromacki reported to his current duty station as Senior Enlisted Leader at Navy Band Great Lakes, Great Lakes IL.