Monday, November 21, 2011
Chief Musician Bill Mulligan is our leading chief petty officer. It's a very important position to hold in any Navy unit and he is very good at it. Bill can answer any question about our unit that concerns where, when, how and why. He makes sure we get there, do what we are supposed to do and are in the right uniform. He does this seemingly without error. He's also a great musician. Read the first paragraph. Has any other Commodore gotten a standing ovation on his own?
Although not a member of our leadership team directly, another person in our group who deserves great praise is Senior Chief Musician Matt Neff. He is the national tour director for the entire command. This duty is probably the most demanding job in the Navy Band. He works long hours preparing for each group to take its yearly national tour. Matt must keep track of funding, itineraries, bookings, sponsors, transportation, lodging and ten tour managers (two or three in each group). In other words, EVERYTHING! I work with Matt in tour operations and I marvel at his ability to keep such a cheerful disposition while under such a demanding work load.