Convention Band Conductor

Colonel Timothy J. Holtan
10th Leader and Commander The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”

Colonel Timothy J. Holtan was appointed Leader and Commander of The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in December 2014 until his retirement in February 2017. He holds the distinction of being the first officer to command all three of the Army’s premier bands.

Loras Schissel

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Loras Schissel

Loras John Schissel has served as conductor of the Blossom Festival Band since 1998. He also regularly conducts the Blossom Festival Orchestra and led The Cleveland Orchestra’s free annual community concert on Public Square in 2009, 2011 (a special 9/11 tenth anniversary concert), and 2014.