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Master Chief Gregory Dudzienski
Master Chief Gregory Dudzienski is a native of Valparaiso Indiana. He enlisted in the Navy in May of 1994. Following recruit training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois; he attended Musician Class “A” School at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Upon graduation from the Basic Course of Instruction, Master Chief Dudzienski was transferred to the Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Fleet Band in Norfolk Virginia where he deployed onboard USS COMTE DE GRASSE (DD 974) in support of the 1995 UNITAS/WATC Exercises to South America and West Africa.
In 1997, he was transferred to the SIXTH Fleet Band in Naples Italy where he performed extensively throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. In 1998, he deployed onboard USS LASALLE (AGF-3) in support of operations in the Black Sea and former Soviet Union.
Master Chief Dudzienski reported to Navy Band Great Lakes, Great Lakes Illinois in 2001 where he was instrumental in the production of events honoring the first African-American Navy Musicians stationed at Great Lakes Naval Training Center during World War II.
In 2004, he was advanced to Chief Petty Officer and selected for duty at the U.S. Navy School of Music as the Jazz Harmony and Arranging Instructor. Subsequently, he was selected to serve as the Musician Rating Training Manager at the Center for Service Support where he oversaw the development and delivery of all curriculum taught at the Navy School of Music.
Master Chief Dudzienski served as Assistant Director of Navy Band Northeast from 2011-2013 and as the Command Master Chief of the Naval School of Music from 2013-2015. In December of 2015, he reported for duty as the Senior Enlisted Leader of the Commander, Naval Forces Europe Band.
He has earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies and Performance from Northern Illinois University and a Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from The University of Rhode Island. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy School of Music’s Basic Course of Instruction, Arranging Course, and Senior Musician Course as well as the U.S. Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Leadership School.
An active performer and educator, Master Chief Dudzienski has performed with popular music and jazz artists including: Marian McPartland, Clark Terry, Lou Donaldson, Maureen McGovern, Gerald Wilson, David Liebman, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Temptations, The Four Tops, and The Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He has presented clinics and master classes at The University of Rhode Island, The International Saxophone Symposium, and numerous high schools throughout the United States.
Master Chief Dudzienski’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), and numerous unit awards.
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