Arno Dittrich was born in Germany, where he studied percussion performance in Frankfurt. For 15 years before coming to Tucson in 2008, Arno was the director of a private arts academy in Büdingen. His years of professional musical experience included performances with the Frankfurt Opera, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra and international tours with other symphony orchestras. Jazz and traditional German folk music have always been a large part of his musical life. Arno received his conducting degree at the National Music Academy in Trossingen.
He has been timpanist with the Arizona Opera since 2009.
Arno joined the Tucson Concert Band as percussionist in 2009 and soon after became the band’s associate conductor. In 2021, he was named Music Director and Conductor of the Tucson Concert Band.
Associate Conductor – Chuck Jarrett is a retired band director who taught high school band in Iowa and Kansas. As a clarinetist he has played in the Evansville Indiana Philharmonic, the Lexington Kentucky Philharmonic, and the Cedar Rapid Iowa Symphony. During the Bicentennial years, he was in the Armed Forces Bicentennial Band as a Marine Corps Musician. The band toured all 50 states as part of the Bicentennial celebration. He earned degrees in music from Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Iowa. He joined the Tucson Concert Band in 2016 and plays clarinet and bass clarinet.
Conductor Laureate – Lorelei Allison Conrad, LCDR, USN, Ret. began her professional career as a US Navy Musician first as an enlisted trumpet player with the US Naval Academy Band and later making naval history as the first woman to receive a commission as Ensign, becoming the first woman to serve as a Navy Limited Duty Bandmaster. Her assignments included 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, US Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan; Director of Training Armed Forces School of Music; and Fleet Bandmaster, US Atlantic Fleet.
Tucson Concert Band Board of Directors
President – JJ Johnston
Vice President – Bob Sagar
Secretary – Susan Walker
Treasurer – Michael Faltin
Shalimar Miller (Librarian & Social Media)
Behind-the-scenes TCB Support (non-board members):
Chuck Jarrett (Associate Conductor)
Denise Smith (IT Support)
Deon Hill (Band Manager)
Doris Medlicott (Licensing Agent)