Senior Chief James Mean serves as the Director of the Highty-Tighties, the Regimental Marching Band. A native of Beverly, MA, and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, James Bean joined the Naval Academy Band in 1985 and was named principal trumpeter three years later. A distinguished Naval career for 22 years, Bean performed with the Naval Academy’s jazz ensemble, led the brass quintet, and was featured as soloist with the concert band on numerous occasions. Achieving the rank of senior chief musician, he was one of the band’s ceremonial leaders, and conducted countless ceremonies for many national and foreign dignitaries, including the Vice President and the Secretary of the Navy. In addition to playing professionally with the Navy, he has been fortunate enough to perform with such luminaries as world-renowned maestro Leonard Slatkin, composer Marvin Hamlisch and jazz greats Phil Wilson, Eddie Daniels, Bobby Shew, and Clark Terry. Recently, he performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Pops in a series of performances featuring the music of John Williams. After retiring from the Navy in 2007, Bean began a second career as a music educator. A teacher in Queen Anne’s County for 6 years, Bean was director of bands at Matapeake Middle School, building the program from some 40 students to well over 100, earning superior and excellent awards at multiple Music in the Park competitions. A regular contributor of reviews of new music for the International Trumpet Guild, he has also served as an adjudicator for the National Trumpet Competition, high school division. Recently, Bean finished his Masters of Music in Performance at Towson University on the G.I. Bill and is looking forward to his new position as the Regimental Band Director of the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech.
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