Assistant Fleet Bandmaster
Ensign Luis E. Espinosa is a native of Caguas, Puerto Rico and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2002. Upon completion of recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, he proceeded to the Armed Forces School of Music, Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he was awarded the Navy musician designation as a clarinet and saxophone instrumentalist.
He reported to his first band, Navy Band Great Lakes, Great Lakes, Illinois in 2003, where he distinguished himself as an instrumentalist and soloist for the wind ensemble, the Jazz Diplomats combo and the 18-piece big band. Additionally, he served as the unit leader for the Fair Winds woodwind quintet and as a drum major during recruit graduations.
In 2008 he transferred overseas and reported to the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe/Africa Band in Naples, Italy, which encompasses a 105 country area of operations. There he served as the unit leader of the ceremonial band and woodwind quintet, regularly performing before high-level civilian and military dignitaries from across the globe. While stationed there, he was actively involved with forward deployed units completing Africa Partnership Station missions and had the opportunity to perform in over 29 countries, including being a part of the first U.S. military band since 1946 to march on Moscow’s Red Square during Victory Day Parade celebrations.
In 2013 he reported to the U.S. Fleet Forces Band in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as the band’s drum major, leading the 28-member unit during parades and military ceremonies to include the prestigious Virginia International Tattoo in 2014. At the Naval School of Music in 2015, he completed his enlisted career following in his father’s footsteps, a music educator, as the saxophone instructor serving both the Navy and Marine Corps music programs.
Following 13 years of distinguished enlisted service he was commissioned as a limited duty officer (bandmaster) in December 2015 and reported for duty as assistant fleet bandmaster for U.S. Pacific Fleet Band.
His military decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) and the Navy Good Conduct Medal (four awards). He holds Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in interdisciplinary studies from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia and is a graduate of the Naval School of Music unit leader course.