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Master Chief Musician Kenneth Keller

Senior Enlisted Leader

Master Chief Musician Kenneth Keller, a native of Richmond, Missouri, attended the University of Michigan and Northeastern Missouri State University. He auditioned at the Naval School of Music, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October of 1989. 

Upon completion of basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois, he attended the Naval School of Music’s Basic Course of Instruction in Virginia Beach, Virginia. After graduation he reported to U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Band, in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he served from June 1990 to December 1995. 

He received orders to the Allied Forces Southern Europe NATO Band in Naples, Italy, in 1996 and he returned to U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Band in 1999 for a second tour. In 2004, he was assigned to the Armed Forces School of Music, where he was the Navy military training instructor for all basic course students attending Musician “A” school. It was during this assignment that he was selected for chief petty officer. 

 Following instructor duty, he remained at the Naval School of Music to attend the Senior Musician Course and was promoted to senior chief petty officer in 2007. He then attended the Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, Rhode Island. In 2008 he was assigned to Naval Forces Europe Band where he served as leading chief petty officer, resulting in his selection to master chief petty officer in 2011. He then served as the assistant director/senior enlisted director at Navy Band Northwest in Silverdale, Washington.

In December 2012, he reported to Millington, Tennessee, as the Musician rating detailer at Naval Personnel Command and in June of 2016 he reported to U.S. Fleet Forces Band, where he currently serves as the senior enlisted leader.