Director, Navy Band Northwest
Lieutenant Joel Thiesfeldt
Lieutenant Joel Thiesfeldt enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2003. Following training, he reported to Navy Band Southwest as a trumpet instrumentalist. Subsequent enlisted duty stations include Navy Band Northwest, Navy Band Great Lakes, and the Naval School of Music.
He is a graduate of the Naval School of Music’s unit leader and senior musician courses.
Thiesfeldt received his commission as a naval officer in 2017. After attending the Limited Duty Officer/Chief Warrant Officer Academy in Newport, Rhode Island, he completed tours as a department head at U.S. Navy Band, Washington, D.C., and as assistant director, U.S. Fleet Forces Band, Norfolk, Virginia.
He reported to his current assignment as director of Navy Band Northwest in January 2022.
Lt. Thiesfeldt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Thomas Edison State University. His military decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards).