Del Mar College salutes all its students and alumni who are current or former members of the Armed Forces this Memorial Day. That recognition includes Musician 1st Class Shana Sullivan, lead singer for the Navy Band Cruisers, which is the U.S. Navy’s premier rock band.

This month, Sullivan and the U.S. Navy Band performed a 12-day tour of Texas.

A native of Lufkin, Sullivan enlisted in the Navy in 1995 and attended Del Mar College with a vocal scholarship. She transferred to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches and then the University of New Orleans where she worked towards her bachelor’s degree.

Petty Officer Sullivan enlisted in the Navy as a vocalist. After completing her basic training at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois, she attended the Naval School of Music in Virginia Beach, Va. She began her first tour of duty in Yokosuka, Japan, and was attached to the U.S.S. Blue Ridge where she wowed audiences in Far East Asia.

Upon completing her tour in Japan, the Navy assigned Sullivan to Navy Band Mid-South in Millington, Tenn., where she performed at local high schools and regional fairs to recruit for her branch of the military. While in Millington, she appeared in many recruiting advertisements and was featured in a Navy video for the “Right Spirit” alcohol education campaign that has been used on U.S. Navy ships and at Naval Station Great Lakes. 

In 2005, Sullivan was selected as the lead singer for the Navy Band Cruisers, a contemporary entertainment ensemble that is part of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. Sullivan continues to entertain audiences all over the world and throughout the capitol region.

Del Mar College thanks former DMC student Petty Officer Shana Sullivan for her service and all men and women currently serving or who have served with all branches of our country’s military.