Art Swanson is a California native from Lompoc. He received his Bachelors in Music from the University of the Pacific and his Masters in Performance from Catholic University in Washington, DC.
A 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 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 country 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 Symphany and the Fairfax Symphony. He performed regularly in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area in local orchestras, dance bands, brass ensembles and recording studios.
After retiring from the Navy in 1996, he moved to Kingman to teach music on the Hualapai Reservation in Peach Springs. He also has taught band for the Mohave Community College and is conductor of both the Kingman Concert Band and the Mohave Community Orchestra.