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Colonel Timothy J. Holtan
Bismarck, North Dakota
Commander
E-mail: timothy.holtan@us.army.mil

Major Dwayne S. Milburn
Baltimore, Maryland
Deputy Commander
Officer in Charge, Soldiers' Chorus
E-mail: dwayne.s.milburn@us.army.mil

Major Scott McKenzie
Mechanicsville, Maryland
Associate Bandmaster
Conductor/OIC, Concert Band
E-mail: scott.mckenzie@us.army.mil

Command Sergeant Major Leslie Nock
Syracuse, New York

Command Sergeant Major
E-mail: leslie.nock.mil@mail.mil


Colonel Timothy J. Holtan
Commander

In August, 2011, Colonel Timothy J. Holtan assumed command of The U.S. Army Field Band, Washington, DC. Colonel Holtan previously served as Commandant of the U.S. Army School of Music, where he served as the primary proponent for all 100 Army bands, and oversaw the training of more than 500 professional musicians each year.

A native of Bismarck, North Dakota, he is a former public school music educator in Montana. An active conductor, adjudicator, and clinician, Colonel Holtan has presented concerts and clinics in 48 states, Canada, Japan, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Europe.

In 2000, Colonel Holtan was selected for the Army's Training with Industry program. He served as the Director of Operations and Associate Conductor of the Dallas Wind Symphony while concurrently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of North Texas. Colonel Holtan holds music education degrees from Montana State University and the University of Montana, and has pursued additional conducting studies with Elizabeth Green, H. Robert Reynolds, John Paynter, Larry Rachleff, Jerry Junkin, and Eugene Corporon.

Colonel Holtan's other military assignments include the 22nd Leader of the United States Military Academy Band, West Point, New York; Deputy Commander of The U.S. Army Field Band, Fort Meade, Maryland; Department of the Army Staff Bands Officer, where he had administrative oversight over all Army bands; Commander of the U.S. Continental Army Band, Fort Monroe, Virginia; and Executive Officer of The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," Washington, D.C., where he served as Director of the Ceremonial Band, Herald Trumpets, Brass Band, Chorale, and Chorus. He also served as Student Company Executive Officer at the U.S. Army School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Colonel Holtan's ensembles have been seen on national television broadcasts on PBS, A&E, TNN, and C-SPAN, and diverse stages such as the Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, DAR Constitution Hall, the Mormon Tabernacle, and the Myerson Symphony Center. 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 performances. Colonel Holtan also led the West Point Band in the Emmy-nominated "Marina at West Point" PBS television production that reached more than 130 million viewers.

In 2001, Colonel Holtan was honored as Alumnus of the Year by Bismarck State College, and in 2006 he was inducted into the Bismarck High School Hall of Fame. Colonel Holtan serves on the National Band Association Board of Directors and recently received their Citation of Excellence. In 2009 the John Philip Sousa Foundation honored Colonel Holtan and the West Point Band with the Colonel George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence, and in 2011 he was the University of Montana's School of Visual and Performing Arts Odyssey of the Stars Honoree and was inducted into their Hall of Honor.

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Major Dwayne S. Milburn
Deputy Commander, Conductor/OIC, Soldiers' Chorus

Major Dwayne S. Milburn was assigned as Conductor of the Soldiers' Chorus in September 2011 and Deputy Commander of The U.S. Army Field Band in April 2012. As one of 24 commissioned officer conductors in the United States Army Band Program, his previous assignments include duties as Commander of the Army Ground Forces Band, Atlanta, Georgia, and Associate Bandmaster for the U.S. Continental Army Band (Fort Monroe, Virginia), The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" (Washington, DC), and the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus (Heidelberg, Germany). His military honors include the President Benjamin Harrison Award, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the NATO Medal.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Major Milburn earned a Ph.D. in Music from UCLA in 2009, a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1992, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music in 1986 from UCLA. During his undergraduate career, he was an arranger for the UCLA Band and Choral Programs, as well as the Special Projects Division of ABC-TV. Upon graduation, he became the Director of Cadet Music for the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, serving as the conductor for the internationally-renowned West Point Glee Club. During graduate studies in Cleveland, he contributed several arrangements to the Cleveland Orchestra.

In 2002, Major Milburn conducted the Kennedy Center's Annual Messiah Sing-Along, and served as an adjudicator for the Conductor's Art Workshop, co-hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin National Guard Band. From 2005 to 2009, he was Composer-In-Residence for the Music Guild of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church (Pacific Palisades, California). During that time, he wrote three major works for the St. Matthew's Chamber Orchestra and contributed more than 25 anthems, several psalm settings, and a major service music setting to the parish choral music program. Major Milburn continues to serve as an instrumental adjudicator for the Heritage Music Festival series.

Major Milburn remains active as a composer, conductor, and adjudicator. He has received commissions from the instrumental programs at UCLA, the University of North Texas, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His choral and wind ensemble works are published by the Alfred, Kjos, and Ludwig Masters Music companies, and several of his works for band are featured in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band educational series.

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Major Scott McKenzie
Associate Bandmaster, Conductor/OIC, Concert Band

Major Scott McKenzie was assigned as Associate Bandmaster of The U.S. Army Field Band and Officer-in-Charge of the Concert Band in August 2012. Previously, he was Commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command Band at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Major McKenzie initially enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1999 and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division Band at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Upon earning his commission, he served at the Army School of Music, the United States Army Europe Band and Chorus, and The United States Army Band.

Major McKenzie earned a Master of Music degree in Composition from George Mason University, where he was a student of Dr. Glenn Smith and Mark Camphouse. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Virginia Tech and studied music education and conducting at Old Dominion University and the Peabody Conservatory. Before enlisting in the Army, he taught band, chorus, and general music at the middle school level for four years.

Major McKenzie and his wife, Anne, have three children: Jimmy, Colleen, and Allie.

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Command Sergeant Major Leslie Nock
Command Sergeant Major

Sergeant Major Leslie Nock is originally from Syracuse, New York. Prior to joining The U.S. Army Field Band, SGM Nock served in a variety of assignments throughout the Army, including the 1st Cavalry Division Band, the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus, the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band, the 10th Mountain Division Band,the U.S. Army School of Music, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, the 8th U.S. Army Band, and the 18th Army Band.

In addition to being the first SGM of the 1st CAV Band, she has served as a Senior Drill Sergeant at the U.S. Army School of Music, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, and attended the Sergeant's Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. SGM Nock has been deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina. SGM Nock holds degrees from Onondaga Community College, Arizona State University, and Pennsylvania State University.

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CSM McClung