Lorelei Allison Conrad, Lieutenant Commander, US Navy, Retired
Conductor, Musical Director
Lorelei Allison Conrad, LCDR, USN, ret, began her professional career as US Navy Musician, first as an enlisted trumpet player with the US Naval Academy Band before going on to make naval history as the first woman to receive a commission as a Navy Officer, Bandmaster. Her assignments include: Director of Navy Band San Francisco, Associate Conductor US Navy Band Washington DC, Interim Music Liaison Officer for Chief of Information at the Pentagon, Fleet Bandmaster of US Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan, Director of Training of the Armed Forces School of Music, and Fleet Bandmaster of US Atlantic Fleet. Conrad has toured throughout the United States and throughout the far-east region including concerts in Russia, China, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and Japan, which included three performances with the Tokyo Symphony. She recently joined the conducting staff with Community Bands at Sea for a cruise tour of the Mexican Riviera.
Conrad is active nationally as a guest conductor and clinician and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Concert Bands (ACB). Locally, she is Musical Director and Conductor of the Tucson Concert Band, performs with the Tucson Repertory Orchestra and Desert Mountain Brass on trumpet, and gives clinics and performances on EWI, Electronic Wind Instrument with EWI and the Keys. She earned her Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from Northwestern University, studied music education at Carthage College, and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Trumpet Performance at Metropolitan State College of Denver. Her most influential conducting teachers include Mr. John Paynter, Dr. Antonia Brico, and Dr. Mallory Thompson.
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