Col. Timothy J. Holtan retired in 2017 as the senior military musician in the Department of Defense. Col. Holtan’s final command was as the 10th Leader and Commander of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” He holds the distinction of being the only officer to command all three of the Army’s premier bands, which also include the U.S. Army Field Band and the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point.
Col. Holtan is a graduate of Bismarck (ND) High School and was formerly a school music educator in Montana. A clinician for Conn-Selmer and Artistic Director of the Maryland Winds, a professional concert band, he is a strong advocate for music education and is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator. Col. Holtan has presented concerts and clinics in all fifty states, Canada, Japan, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and across Europe.
Col. Holtan’s ensembles have been seen on many nationally televised broadcasts and diverse stages such as the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, DAR Constitution Hall, Mormon Tabernacle, Myerson Symphony Center, and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, as well as for the 2017 Presidential Inaugural Concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Under his leadership and after a 44-year absence, the West Point Band reestablished a partnership with the New York Philharmonic, which resulted in five Lincoln Center joint concert performances. Col. Holtan also led the West Point Band in the Emmy-nominated “Marina at West Point” PBS production that has reached over 180 million viewers.