Arno Dittrich was born in Germany and received his music degree in Percussion at the Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt/M, Germany and his Conducting degree at the University in Trossingen/Germany. He joined the Tucson Concert Band in 2009.
He played several years as an extra for the Frankfurt City Opera Orchestra in Frankfurt, Germany and many other orchestras in the Rhein-Main-Area in Germany. He also performed with the German Chamber Philharmonic in London, England, and toured Spain with the Staatsphilharmonie of the state of Rheinlandpfalz. At the World’s Fair in Seville, Spain, he performed in concerts with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Arno performed with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra for radio recordings, concert performances, CD recordings and 67 television performances with the “Hessen Musicians.” He also was a member of HR Brass, consisting of Frankfurt Radio Orchestra members.
For nearly 15 years, Arno served as Musical and Administrative Director of the Musik-and Kunstschule Büdingen in Germany–a private music, art and ballet school, subsidized by the city, state and National government in Germany, employing 38 teachers with an enrollment of 1100 students.
He was Conductor of the Büdingen Fire Dept. Band, a group of 60 amateur musicians, the Conductor of the Glauberg Youth Orchestra, and the Ronneburg Marching Band Drum Instructor.
Additional experiences include serving as High School Band Director at the Büdingen Gymnasium and Music Director for the city of Büdingen in 2003, he gave Master Classes at the University of Mainz in Germany and workshops for many local amateur bands, he was leader of Band Sectional rehearsals for percussion, State Youth Orchestras and Judge for Percussion at state and regional German youth competitions.
Presently, Arno is also a member of the Arizona Opera as principal timpanist.
Tucson Concert Band Board of Directors
President – Denise Smith
Vice President – Deon Hill
Secretary – Doris Medlicott
Treasurer – Tony Cazzato
Chuck Jarrett (Band Manager)
Shalimar Miller (Librarian)