Fleet Bandmaster, Lt. Brian S. Chaplow

Lieutenant Brian S. Chaplow is a native of Leesburg, Virginia and enlisted in the Navy in November 1996 after pursuing a Music Education degree from James Madison University. Following Recruit Training in Great Lakes, IL, and upon completion of the Basic Course of instruction at the School of Music in Little Creek, VA, he was first assigned as a tuba instrumentalist with Navy Band New Orleans.


Following a successful tour in New Orleans he returned to the School of Music in 2001 for advanced training in the Ceremonial Conductor/Drum Major course. Upon graduation, he reported to SIXTH Fleet Band in Naples, Italy. As Operations Coordinator and Leading Petty Officer, he made numerous deployments with the Command Flag Ship USS La Salle (AFG 3), and performed throughout Europe, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea.


Departing SIXTH Fleet Band in 2006, he returned to the School of Music to attend the Senior Musician Course. Graduating in 2007, he then reported to the Pacific Fleet Band in Pearl Harbor, HI, where he deployed twice in support of Pacific Partnership. First as Leading Petty Officer onboard the USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and then as Chief in Charge of both the band and the public affairs detachment onboard the USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4).


On January 1, 2010, he was commissioned a Limited Duty Officer Bandmaster and was promoted to the rank of Ensign, U.S. Navy. After completion of Limited Duty Officer /Chief Warrant Officer Indoctrination School in Newport, RI, he was assigned as Director, Navy Band Fleet Support Unit and as Training Support Officer, School of Music, at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Fort Story in Virginia Beach, VA. LT Chaplow was assigned as Director, Navy Band New Orleans in January 2013 where he led the band through force shaping initiatives. In February 2014 he reported to Yokosuka, Japan where he currently serves as Fleet Bandmaster, U.S. SEVENTH Fleet embarked on USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).


His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards), and the Navy Good Conduct Medal (five awards).