I am a 2012 graduate of Torrington High School, I played snare in marching band, drums in jazz band and percussion in the symphonic band along with sound design for the plays. Since graduation I have been serving in the U.S. Navy and am currently an E-6 or a Petty Officer, stationed in Washington state as a recruiter finding the next generation of Sailors. I have spent the last 5 years stationed aboard USS Bataan where I achieved the Surface Warfare, Aviation Warfare and Information Dominance Warfare specialist qualifications. I was deployed both in 2014 and 2017 each to the 5th and 6th fleet area of the Middle East and Europe).
She has had the opportunity to visit countries such as Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Dubai, Bahrain, and Jordan. I am trained as an interior communications electrician in the Navy or an IC which basically means I am responsible for maintaining and repairing over 150 different systems onboard, consisting of phones, TV, CCTV, Flooding/fire/smoke/intrusion alarms, Salinity indicating systems, General announcing systems, Cathodic Protection (which protects the bottom of the ship from the corrosive properties of the salt water with an electromagnetic current) we also set up PA systems for any ceremonies and CO's calls that happen onboard. IC's are technicians so we troubleshoot and repair systems, we are the only job in the navy that work from the top of the ship to the bottom of the hull.
My fondest memories from my time in band were the drumline days and the trip to Washington DC. Mr. S was the first person to see my potential as a leader and pushed me to achieve my goals, because of his guidance all those years ago, I have had a very successful Naval career. Music has been a love of mine throughout my life and something that has let me connect with people all over the world.