Lieutenant C.S. White is a native of Maryland where he earned a Bachelor‘s Degree in Horn Performance from Towson University. He has also received a Master’s Degree in Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills. He joined the Navy in 1991 as a French Horn Instrumentalist and attended recruit training in Orlando, Florida and the Basic Music Course at the Naval School of Music, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
He served his enlisted tours at the Atlantic Fleet Band, Norfolk, Virginia; Navy Band New Orleans; CINCSOUTH Band, Naples, Italy; Navy Band Southwest, San Diego, California and the Naval School of Music, Norfolk, Virginia. LT White’s final enlisted assignment was as Advanced Courses Instructor at the School of Music. He has completed both the Unit Leader and Senior Musician Courses. While in the Senior Musician Course he was initiated and advanced to Chief Petty Officer as well as selected for Limited Duty Officer (Bandmaster). In June of 2006, he was commissioned an Ensign, Limited Duty Officer Bandmaster and reported to LDO/CWO Indoctrination in Pensacola, FL. He assumed duties as Assistant Director of the U.S. Fleet Forces Band in Norfolk, Virginia in July that same year. In January of 2007, LT White reported as Director, Navy Band Fleet Support Unit and Training Support Officer, Naval School of Music. He assumed duties as Director, Navy Band Mid-South in July of 2009, and in January 2012 he became the Deputy Program Manager for the Navy Music Program. He assumed his current duties as Director, U.S. Fleet Forces Band in September 2012.
He has performed with numerous professional and community ensembles throughout the United States and Europe. An active conductor, clinician, performer, and composer, his Fanfare for Ian and Elena was selected in 2007 as one of seven winners of the Dallas Wind Symphony Brass Fanfare competition and was premiered by the DWS on November 13, 2007. Additionally, his composition Right Brain Killed Left, was awarded project of the year by California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2010.
Lieutenant White’s personal decorations are the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation (3 awards), Good Conduct Medal (4 awards), National Defense Medal (2 awards), Kosovo Campaign Medal (2 awards), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (2 awards), NATO Medal (2 awards) and Pistol Sharpshooter Ribbon.