MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. --
It was like music to his ears when the announcement was made that the winner of the 2010 Staff Noncommissioned Officer Musician of the Year Award goes to Staff Sgt. William C. Killian, assistant enlisted conductor, Albany Marine Band, Marine Corps Logistics Command.
“I’m very humbled by the selection, because when we sent the audition package up, I really did not expect to win,” he said. “I guess I did not realize how competitive I have been over the years, so it was very surprising to me.”
The music lover and tuba player is a 2000 graduate of East Syracuse Minoa Central High School in East Syracuse, N.Y.
“I decided to join the Marine Corps as a musician, which turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made,” Killian said. “I wanted to be a Marine, so it was great to be able to do both at the same time.
“The total Marine package consists of a solo musical performance, a first-class physical and combat fitness test score, meeting height and weight standards and rated above proficiency with my instrument, a tuba,” Killian said. “I must also set the example and be a leader, have a competitive martial arts belt and a passing swim qualification score.” Killian says he feels his competitive nature, drive and perseverance as a Marine propelled him to the top of the nominee list.
“Staff Sergeant Killian is an unbelievable Marine, who just happens to also be incredible when it comes to his musicianship and leadership,” said Master Gunnery Sgt. Jeff Fangman, bandmaster, Albany Marine Band. “He is very deserving of this award.” Killian transferred to the Navy School of Music located at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va., in December 2010.