About the LHRO


About our Director

Art Swanson


A Californian native, Mr. Swanson received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of the Pacific and his Master’s Degree in Performance from The Catholic University in Washington, DC.


As member of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, DC for 26 years he performed as a trombonist and soloist with the Concert Band, led the Brass Quintet, and served as the National Tour Director for its six performing units. In 1975-1976 he toured with the Armed Forces Bicentennial Band where he met his wife Ingrid, a horn instrumentalist. He has performed in every state in the U.S. on national tours as well as numerous performances in the Washington, DC area.


As a freelance musician, he has performed with musicians from the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Fairfax Symphony. He performed regularly in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area in local orchestras, dance bands, brass ensembles, and in recording studios.


After retiring from the Navy in 1996 he moved to Kingman, AZ to teach music on the Hualapai Reservation in Peach Springs. He has also taught band for the Mohave Community College, conducted the Kingman Concert Band for 12 years, and conducts the Lake Havasu Regional Orchestra and the Mohave Community Orchestra. Mr. Swanson toured for six years with the 1940’s revue “In The Mood”, toured China with the Mantovani Orchestra and recently performed at the Prescott Jazz Summit.


LHRO Board

The LHRO Board meets once a month in the bandroom after rehearsal.


2019-2020 Board:
President: Laura Witczak

Vice President: Stephen Sinkey

Secretary: Brenda Dorsett

Treasurer: Steve Petrangelo

Board Member: Daniel Weidner

Board Member: Kelli Rabins

Student Board Member: Francisco Hernandez

Student Board Member: 

Consultant/Past President:  Liz Porter 

Music Directors: Art Swanson

LHRO Constitution and Bylaws (.pdf)


Contact information


Mailing address:


PO Box 2287
Lake Havasu City, AZ


For more information about the Lake Havasu Regional Orchestra, please contact the LHRO at info.lhro.az@gmail.com.

Support the LHRO

The Lake Havasu Regional Orchestra is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is supported by donations, ticket sales, and a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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