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Naval School of Music

Command Information Overview

Building 3602 (circa 1964) Tracing its origins to the early 1900s, the Naval School of Music evolved from intermittent attempts to establish a permanent site to train Navy Musicians. In June of 1935, the Naval School of Music opened in Washington, D.C., operating in conjunction with the United States Navy Band until becoming an independent activity in 1942. Students enrolled at the school during this era graduated as complete ensembles--transferring as a unit to serve aboard ships in the U.S. Fleet. Unit Band #22, for example, was deployed to the USS Arizona--ultimately to be counted among the first casualties during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

After more than a decade as a Navy-specific institution, the school received a quota of 15 enlisted Marines, and following negotiations between the secretary of the Army and the chief of naval personnel, Army students began enrollment in January of 1951. With the school now providing training for Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, in a facility that was originally designed to be a temporary structure, it was clear the Naval School of Music had outgrown its home and a new facility was sorely needed.

Of the numerous sites evaluated, the Naval School of Music's present home, Building 3602 aboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Virginia proved best suited for instrumental and academic training. Built in 1955 as an 80,000 square foot barracks, Building 3602 was stripped to bare cinder blocks and reconstructed with the unique needs of professional military musicians in mind. In April 2005, Building 3602 was renamed McDonald Hall after Capt. John D. McDonald, the Naval School of Music's first commanding officer.

Bldg. 3602 (Present)From 1964 to 2014, Building 3602 remained for the most part unchanged. In 2014, the Navy invested over $12 million in a total building renovation. The newly renovation building includes multiple "Green Initiative" systems to improve energy efficiency while providing a state of the art facility. The building houses 104 Wenger modules for individual practice and instrumental instruction; eight rehearsal areas for small to medium sized ensembles; a music library with over 18,000 musical compositions and thousands of additional books, music recordings and reference materials; and a repair facility to service nearly 3,000 musical instruments. In 2015, the Naval School of Music acquired an additional building for use as a rehearsal space. After a $3.5 million renovation project, in January of 2016, Building 3503 became the Naval School of Music's new Rehearsal Annex that houses two large wind ensemble rehearsal rooms, two small ensemble rehearsal rooms, and a sound technician classroom.

Naval School of Music Leadership
Commanding Officer
Commander Mark K. Corbliss, USN

Commanding Officer, Naval School of Music
Executive Officer
Lieutenant Commander Charles S. White, USN

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

Command Master Chief
Naval School of Music
Marine Corps Detachment Leadership
Commanding Officer
CW04 Benjamin J. Bartholomew

Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment,
Naval School of Music
Senior Enlisted Advisor
Master Gunnery Sergeant William L. Call, Jr.

Senior Enlisted Advisor,
Naval School of Music
NAVSOM Contacts
Administrative Officer

Command Suite

Registrar

Sponsor Coordinator

Training Officer


757-462-3452

757-462-7501

757-462-5108

757-462-3452/7501

757-462-5715


Mailing Address:
COMMANDING OFFICER
NAVAL SCHOOL OF MUSIC
1420 GATOR BLVD.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 23459-2617

Electronic mail
Email Public Affairs

Marine Corps Detachment
757-462-7504

Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story Contacts
Visit Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story for Contact Information

Frequently Asked Questions
Who can attend the Naval School of Music?

Personnel who qualify for enlistment in the Navy or Marine Corps band fields are assigned to the Naval School of Music upon completion of recruit training, and prior to placement in a Fleet or Field band. Click on the links below for more information on how to enlist for a career as a professional military musician.

U.S. Navy Music Program
U.S. Army Bands Online
Marine Corps Music Program (MPO)


How long does it take to graduate from the school?

The Basic Course of instruction is a little over 21-weeks in length, with provisions for accelerated graduation for those who meet academic and instrumental/vocal requirements. Advanced courses are each 30 weeks in length, with no provisions for accelerated graduation.


What will I learn while at the Naval School of Music?

The Basic Course encompasses the fundamentals of music theory and ear training as well as instrumental performance. For more information on the Basic Music course click here. The advanced courses offer more specialized training in a variety of areas. For more information on these courses click here.


What are the credentials of the instructors?

Naval School of Music instructors are carefully screened and selected from among only the top performers in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. To ensure they meet the stringent requirements for duty, all prospective trainers must undergo an intense instructor appraisal and be approved by the Commanding Officer prior to assignment. In addition to having completed advanced levels of training at the School, many hold degrees from civilian universities and conservatories.


What points of interest are close to the Naval School of Music?

There are a wide variety of things to do and see while in the Hampton Roads area. You can visit Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce for more information on the many choices in entertainment, dining, and points of interest in the area.


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