Lt. Cmdr. Charles S. White, a native of Arnold, Maryland, enlisted in the Navy in 1991 as a French horn instrumentalist. Upon graduation from the School of Music Basic Course, he served as a Navy musician over a 14-year period, rising through the enlisted ranks to chief musician. He was commissioned as a Limited Duty Officer (Bandmaster) in June 2006.
His enlisted assignments included performing with U.S. Atlantic Fleet Band, Navy Band New Orleans, Commander in Chief Southern Forces Europe Band, Navy Band Southwest, and Naval School of Music.
As an officer, he served as the assistant director, U.S. Fleet Forces Band from August 2006 to December 2006 and the School of Music and Navy Band Fleet Support Unit as training support officer from January 2007 to July 2009. He was the director of Navy Band Mid-South from July 2009 to December 2011, deputy program manager and ratings assignment officer at PERS-4014, Navy Music Program from January 2012 to August 2012, and the director U.S. Fleet Forces Band from August 2012 to August 2014. From August 2014 to December 2015 he studied at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as part of the Naval Postgraduate School Civilian Institutions program. He was most recently director, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band from February 2016 to May 2019.
White became the executive officer of the Naval School of Music on May 29, 2019.
White received his Bachelor of Science in Music from Towson State University, his Master of Arts in Humanities from California State University Dominguez Hills, and his Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) and various other unit and campaign awards.