Master Chief Musician Keith D. Gill


Assistant Director / Senior Enlisted Leader, Navy Band Southwest

MUCM Keith D. Gill is a native of Humboldt, TN.  After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Lambuth College in Jackson, TN and serving as a high school band director in Tennessee for three years, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 1986.

MUSN Gill completed the Musician Basic Course at the U.S. Navy School of Music in Little Creek, VA, and reported to Navy Band Guam for his first assignment as trumpet instrumentalist and supply petty officer.  In 1989 he was promoted to MU2 and reported to Navy Band Memphis in January 1990.  While stationed in Memphis he earned a Master of Science Degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas.  His next assignment was with Navy Band Seattle where he was promoted to MU1 in 1995.  In 1997, MU1 Gill reported to the U.S. Navy School of Music where he served as Trumpet Instructor and Brass Branch Head.  In 2001, MU1 Gill reported to Atlantic Fleet Band in Norfolk, VA where he served as leader of the brass quintet.  In September 2002, he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer.

In July 2004, MUC Gill returned to the U.S. Navy School of Music where he completed the Senior Musician Course.  His next assignment was with Navy Band Great Lakes where he served as Leading Chief Petty Officer and Associate Conductor of the Wind Ensemble.  He was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer in July 2005.  MUCS Gill reported to Navy Band Mid-South, Millington, TN in April 2007 where he served as Assistant Director/Senior Enlisted Leader.  He was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer in May 2011 and reported to Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Band in July 2011 as Assistant Director/Senior Enlisted Leader.   Master Chief Gill reported to his current assignment as Assistant Director/Senior Enlisted Leader of Navy Band Southwest in September 2014.

MUCM Gill’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with 3 gold stars, Navy Achievement Medal with 3 gold stars, and the Navy Good Conduct Medal with one silver star and two bronze stars.


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