After twenty-four years of dedicated service to the United States Navy, Chief Musician Geoffrey Bayne retired on February 23 with a ceremony held at historic Dahlgren Hall on the grounds of the Naval Academy.
MUC Bayne, a trumpet player and native of Seattle, Washington, arrived at the USNA Band thirteen years ago, and has performed with the concert band, marching band, ceremonial units, and Next Wave Jazz Ensemble. A leader and mentor, he spent six years leading the Midshipmen big band, Trident Brass. He also served as Fiscal Manager for the USNA Band.
During his time in service, MUC Bayne received the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Navy Good Conduct Medal (6 awards), National Defense Service Medal (2 awards), and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
MUC Devona Schiller sang the national anthem to begin the ceremony, and MUC Bayne performed George Gershwin's I'm On My Way with the brass quintet. LCDR Steve Trzcinski presented MUC Bayne with the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the leaders of all the performing units in which MUC Bayne has performed made special presentations. MUC Bayne's wife and children received certificates in appreciation for their role in their husband and father's career.
Click on the youtube link below to view a video montage of the ceremony, courtesy of MU1 Paul Skinner:
As we say in the Navy, "Fair winds and following seas, shipmate!" You will be missed.