LT Geordie Kelly spent part of his youth traveling the world as a member of a military family, but considers Long Island, N.Y., his home. The son of a U.S. Air Force non-commissioned officer, he spent time living throughout the United States and abroad. He earned his bachelor's degree in music theory/composition from East Carolina University in 1994 and his master's degree in music theory (jazz emphasis) from the University of Kentucky in 1997. He also studied jazz guitar privately with Jimmy Bruno at his Philadelphia studio, and concert band conducting with Frank Battisti, Charles Peltz, and Bill Drury at the New England Conservatory.
In July 1997, he entered the Navy, and upon completion of recruit training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill., he reported to the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Va. An accelerated graduate, he reported in December 1997 to Navy Band Great Lakes to serve as guitar instrumentalist in the jazz ensemble and contemporary ensemble "Horizon." In 1999, he transferred to Navy Band SIXTH Fleet in Naples, Italy, where he served as the unit leader for contemporary entertainment ensemble and protocol jazz combo "The Navigators." In 2003 he reported to the Armed Forces School of Music to teach jazz improvisation, jazz/rock combo performance, and big band performance techniques. Within his first six months on board, he attained his Master Training Specialist (MTS) designation and served as the command MTS coordinator. Next, he attended the Senior Musician Course (SMC) in 2005, and during this course, Kelly was selected for promotion to chief petty officer. Upon graduation from the SMC in 2006, he returned for a second tour of instructor duty serving as guitar instructor and Head, Rhythm Branch, as well as interim Head, Instrumental Division. In 2007 he received orders to Navy Band Northwest where he served as leading chief petty officer, operations chief, and ceremonial band conductor. Later in that tour, he was selected for commissioning as a limited duty officer (LDO) bandmaster. Upon completion of LDO/CWO Indoctrination School, he reported to U.S. Navy Band, Washington, D.C. and served as associate conductor, jazz guitar instrumentalist, the Department Head of the concert/ceremonial bands, and then later in that same tour, Department Head of the specialty groups. He is currently the Fleet Bandmaster of the Seventh Fleet Band, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and embarked on board the United States SEVENTH Fleet flagship, USS BLUE RIDGE.
Kelly's awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), Meritorious Unit Commendation (one award), and others.