Nashville native John Armstrong advanced to the rank of chief petty officer in the United States Navy on Nov. 18 during a promotion ceremony onboard the Washington Navy Yard.

As one of just 10 musicians in the United States Navy Band selected for advancement to chief, Armstrong joins an elite list of sailors to wear the anchor collar devices that symbolize his new rank and authority.

“I couldn’t be more proud of those selected for promotion. These individuals represent the best our command has to offer, and the future of the Navy Band looks bright with these folks moving into higher enlisted leadership positions,” Capt. Kenneth Collins, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy’s premier band, said in a news release.

Armstrong won a position as a trumpet instrumentalist with the U.S. Navy Concert and Ceremonial Bands in 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and pursued further studies at the Eastman School of Music.

His musical success began early as a Nashville high school student performing with Amy Grant, Vince Gill and Michael W. Smith, as well as being a featured performer on NPR’s “From the Top.”

He won first place in the Tennessee Trumpet Competition and has twice won the Louisiana and National Trumpet competitions. As a civilian, Armstrong has served as acting assistant principal trumpet of the Nashville Symphony and performed with the Canton Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic.

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