Lieutenant Colonel Derrick N. Shaw, a native of Atlanta, Georgia and third-generation Soldier, serves as the Deputy Commander of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC. His musical responsibilities include duties as Director of the Ceremonial Band, Herald Trumpets, and Army Strings. Prior to his arrival, he served as Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division Band, Fort Hood, Texas from 2014-‘16. Other previous assignments include: Commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band, Ft. Monroe, VA; Commander of the AIT Student Company of the Army School of Music, Deputy Commander of the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, New York, Executive Officer of the Army Ground Forces Band, Fort McPherson, Georgia, and a prior tour in D.C. as Associate Bandmaster of The United States Army Band. In 2012, he deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to serve as the Army Bands Liaison Officer for U.S. Army Central (USARCENT) where he coordinated music for troop entertainment and international engagement in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, and the U.A.E.
He has led groups in performances for six Presidents, served as Officer-in-Charge for music in the State Funeral for President Ronald Reagan, and directed ensembles in other significant events and broadcasts such as the second inauguration of George W. Bush in 2005, the inauguration of Donald J. Trump in 2017, White House State Arrivals for several foreign leaders, a variety of military-to-military, public and cultural diplomatic events, numerous ceremonies and special events at all levels of military and government, the Pregame of Super Bowl XXXIX, the 104th Rose Bowl Game in 2018, ESPN College Game Day, and appearances in the NFL, NCAA, MLB, NASCAR, A&E, and PBS.
Shaw holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His primary conducting teachers are Thomas L. Dvorak, Dwight Satterwhite, and Albert Ligotti; and he was a tuba student of David M. Randolph. Also, he earned a Master of Arts in Statecraft and National Security from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C where he specialized in Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare and was named 2012 Class Valedictorian.
Prior to entering service in the Army in 1999, Shaw worked as a high school band director in the public schools of Georgia culminating with the position of Director of Bands at Dunwoody High School in metropolitan Atlanta.