Lieutenant Joel Davidson is in his first year of study at the University of North Texas pursuing a Master of Music degree in conducting. He is an active duty Naval Officer (Bandmaster) who was selected for the Naval Postgraduate School. His responsibilities include working with student ensembles and assisting with the daily operations of the wind studies department.
Lieutenant Davidson is a native of Austin, TX and enlisted in the Navy in January of 2001 as a trombone instrumentalist. After tours in New Orleans, Louisiana; Norfolk, Virginia; and Newport, Rhode Island; he was commissioned as a bandmaster in 2013.
Lieutenant Davidson has performed around the world and deployed twice aboard the USNS Comfort, playing in 16 Central and South American countries. His bandmaster assignments include Assistant Director of the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, Training Support Officer at the Navy School of Music, Band and Aviation Outreach Support Officer at the Navy Office of Community Outreach, Deputy Director of Fleet Band Activities, and Director, Navy Band Southwest.
He has studied conducting with John Stansberry and James Hudson as well as attending conducting workshops with Frank Batiste, Mallory Thompson, and H. Robert Reynolds. His personal awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (four awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards). He holds a Bachelor of Music in Education from Texas State University and a Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary and was an honor graduate of both Unit Leader and Senior Musician courses at the Navy School of Music in Norfolk, VA.