Arthur Holton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from San Jose State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Music with concentration in clarinet performance from California State University, Chico. Mr. Holton has been teaching for 28 years.
For the past 21 years, Mr. Holton has been teaching and conducting at Lincoln High School in Stockton where he has built the largest and finest high school music program in San Joaquin County. Ensembles under his direction have been recognized for their superior musical performance receiving accolades internationally. His band has received three separate invitations to perform at the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in 1987, 1993, and 1999. In addition, Mr. Holton has conducted in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Europe.
In addition to his credits as a conductor, Mr. Holton is highly regarded as a performer as well. He served as principal clarinetist of the Stockton Symphony for 21 years, retiring from that position in 2000. During his tenure with the Symphony, he was a featured soloist on numerous occasions. In 1997, he was appointed by the Boosey & Hawkes Co. of Great Britain as an artist/clinician.
Service to the profession has been a cornerstone of Mr. Holtons career. He has served as President of the San Joaquin County Music Educators Association, as President of the Northern California Band Association, as President of the California Band Directors Association, and is Co-Founder of the Stockton Concert Band Association.