Lieutenant Joel Davidson is a native of Austin, TX and earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Education from Texas State University in December 2000. He enlisted in the Navy in January of 2001. Following recruit training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois, he attended Musician “A” School at the Naval School of Music on board Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Upon graduation from the Basic Music Course, LT Davidson was transferred to Navy Band New Orleans, where he performed throughout the Gulf Coast States and traveled as far as Hawaii and Australia.
In 2006, he returned to the Naval School of Music where he successfully completed the Unit Leader Course. He then reported to U.S. Fleet Forces Band in Norfolk, Virginia serving as Leading Petty Officer and as the Unit Leader of the Popular Music Group Four Star Edition. LT Davidson also deployed on the USNS Comfort, performing in 13 Central and South American Countries.
In 2010, he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer and attended the Senior Musician Course at the Naval School of Music. Subsequently, he transferred to Navy Band Northeast in Newport, Rhode Island where he served as Associate Conductor, Operations Coordinator, and Leading Chief Petty Officer.
LT Davidson received his commission on October 1, 2013. The following month, after the completion of the LDO/CWO Academy in Newport, Rhode Island, LT Davidson reported to the staff of Commander, U. S. Fleet Forces Command, serving as the Assistant Director, U.S. Fleet Forces Band. Here he had the opportunity to again deploy on the USNS Comfort as the officer in charge of the U.S. Fleet Forces Band detachment.
After a brief stint as the last Training Support Officer at the Navy School of Music, LT Davidson transferred to the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee, in August 2015, where he served as Asset Support Department Head, Band - Aviation Outreach/Support Officer, and Training Officer. He had a follow on tour in Millington as the Deputy Director of Fleet Band Activities from October 2017 to July 2018.