Monday, December 13, 2010

Fair Winds and Following Seas: MUCS John Fisher

MUCS John L. Fisher
Senior Chief Musician John L. Fisher is retiring after 26 years of naval service.

John Fisher, a native of New Castle, Del. was selected as lead vocalist with the Cruisers in 1999.  He began his musical studies at age 10 on saxophone and vocals, drawing his appreciation for music from great musical legends such as Elvis Presley, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Frank Sinatra and great artists from the 1970s and 1980s.  He studied with Hal Schiff, a local music educator, studied at Wilmington Music School, and received the Delaware State Scholar Award for outstanding musical achievement.  In 1984, he enlisted in the Navy.  After completion of the basic course at the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek, Va., Senior Chief Fisher was assigned to Navy Band Guam in 1985 where he served as saxophonist and vocalist.  Subsequent duty stations included Navy Band Northwest in Seattle, Wash.; Sixth Fleet Band in Naples, Italy; Navy Band Northeast in Newport, R.I.; and the U.S. Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Md. 
United States Navy BandSenior Chief Fisher has traveled the globe extensively as a Navy musician to over 30 countries, and has accumulated over four years of sea duty.  His career highlights include a blues festival in Haifa, Israel; a Macau, China refugee camp concert; Mardi Gras in Nice, France; the Virginia International Tattoo; and the Navy Band's 75th and 80th anniversary tours.  He is the former leader of the Cruisers and is a frequent soloist on holiday and Navy Birthday concerts.

In his spare time, Senior Chief Fisher enjoys spending time with family.  His hobbies include leading worship, performing in the Annapolis area, running, hiking, gardening and weightlifting.        

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