Bandmaster

Dr. Steve Kellner

The son of Salvation Army officer parents, Steve received nearly all of his early musical training in Salvation Army brass bands, including a stint in the National Capital Band as a teenager. He has served as principal euphonium and soloist with several SA brass bands and performed on numerous brass band recordings, including as a soloist on the recordings Songs of the States and Let Us Adore Him with the National Capital Band, and Live in England and Songs of War and Peace with the Southern Territorial Band. In addition to leading the National Capital Band, Steve works for the Salvation Army’s Potomac Division as an assistant divisional music director.

Steve retired in October 2004 after a 25-year career in military bands, including eleven years as principal euphonium of the U.S. Marine Band (The President’s Own) in Washington, D.C. In addition to hundreds of performances with the band at the White House and in support of the President, he was a soloist on several of the band’s national concert tours, summer series concerts, and chamber series concerts, and served as principal euphonium on the band’s tours of Norway, England, the Soviet Union, and Switzerland. He also played on fifteen Marine Band recordings and was a soloist on the band’s recording Charles Ives’s America.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from the University of Maryland, and master’s and doctoral degrees from The Catholic University of America, all in trombone performance.  He currently serves on the adjunct faculty of the University of Maryland and The Peabody Conservatory, and is music director of The Dominion Brass, a professional symphonic brass ensemble.

In addition to his conducting and playing activities, Steve is a prolific composer of brass band music, having published pieces in the Salvation Army’s General Series, Triumph Series, American Festival Series, American Band Journal, Southern Series, and American Instrumental Ensemble Series.

Steve resides in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife of 40 years, Janine, and is the proud father of Jacqui, Paul, and Jessi, and doting grandfather of Avery, Owen, Everett, Harper, Sadie, June and Dean.