A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lieutenant Christopher Cornette studied Horn Performance with Jeff Snedeker at Central Washington University. While there, he performed as a freelance artist around the state, appearing with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Mahler Festival Orchestra as well as being a regular performer with numerous chamber music ensembles. He joined the Washington Air National Guard in 1995 and served for two years as the principal hornist of the 560th Air National Guard Band before joining the U.S. Navy Music Program in 1997. After tours with ATLANTIC Fleet Band and SIXTH Fleet Band he attended the Unit Leader Course at the Naval School of Music and graduated top of his class. He went on to serve as the Leading Petty Officer, Ceremonial Conductor, Drum Major, Woodwind Quintet leader, and principal hornist for Navy Band Southwest. From 2007 through 2009, he was the Navy Music Program Auditions Coordinator at Navy Personnel Command, where he was initiated as a Chief Petty Officer. He returned to the Naval School of Music in 2009 to complete the Senior Musician Course, and after a brief tour as the Leading Chief Petty Officer of Navy Band Mid-South, he received a commission as a Naval Officer. After tours as the Assistant Director of U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band in Naples, Italy and as the Staff and Specialty Groups Department Head at U.S. Navy Band in Washington D.C., he reported for duty in 2018 to his current assignment as the Director of Navy Band Northwest.