Phoenix sailor named Navy Band’s Sailor of the Year

(photo by U.S. Navy)

Musician 1st Class Amanda Cline (photo by U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy Band has selected a Phoenix native as its 2015 Sailor of the Year.

Musician 1st Class Amanda Cline, the band’s productions head, was selected as the top-performing sailor from a pool of 92 first class petty officers.

“Petty Officer Cline is not just an outstanding productions head, but she has distinguished herself as support staff leading petty officer, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society fund drive chair and heritage committee member,” stated Master Chief Musician Kevin Dines, the command’s senior enlisted leader, in a press release.

In addition to Petty Officer Cline’s work for the command, she has also been a leader and mentor outside the command.

She led several training sessions at the Navy Ceremonial Guard, and worked with the Naval District Washington First Class Petty Officers Association mentoring numerous junior Sailors.

Petty Officer Cline joined the Navy Band in 2006 as an alto vocalist with the Sea Chanters chorus. She grew up in Phoenix, graduating from Greenway High School in 1991, the release stated.

From there, she moved to Flagstaff, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and a Bachelor of Music Education from Northern Arizona University. In 2003, she completed her Master of Music Theater in operatic performance at Arizona State University.

Before joining the Navy Band, she spent her time teaching, as well as performing in various opera companies in Arizona, New Jersey, Texas and New Mexico.

Petty Officer Cline left the Sea Chanters to take over as the command productions head in 2012.

She had been heavily involved in command productions for several years. Her job now is to lead a team, producing the Navy birthday concert, the Navy Band holiday concerts, and the summer Concerts on the Avenue.

She must come up with a theme, program the shows, communicate with the venues, coordinate the involvement of multiple Navy Band units and the Ceremonial Guard, develop the multimedia content, and direct the show. Petty Officer Cline also meets with various staffs at the Pentagon to ensure that the programs are in line with Navy themes and messaging.

“Any success I’ve had I did not come by on my own,” stated Petty Officer Cline in the release. “I work with profoundly talented and hard-working people. We strive for excellence together, hour after hour, production after production. I’m honored the command has recognized my efforts, but for me, it’s more of a recognition of the work my team and I have accomplished together.”

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