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Ryan V. Knight

Guest Conductor


Chief Warrant Officer Two Ryan V. Knight is a native of Lagro, Indiana. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2004 under the Army Civilian Acquired Skills Program (ACASP) and attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Mr. Knight graduated Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at the United States Army School of Music at the Joint Expeditionary Base–Little Creek (JEB–LC) in Virginia Beach, Virginia earning the rank of Specialist and the military occupational specialty (MOS) 42R—Army Musician. In 2019, Mr. Knight was appointed Warrant Officer One and achieved the MOS 420C—Army Bandmaster/Commander.

He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana State University (2000) and a Master of Music in saxophone performance from Michigan State University (2002). He is certified at a 2+/3 level on the Department of Defense Language Proficiency Test 5 (DLPT5) for Japanese and licensed to teach K-12 instrumental/choral/general music in the state of Indiana. His conducting teachers include Wayne Toews, director of the University of Saskatchewan Chamber Orchestra and Akira Takeda,

Mr. Knight’s career in the U.S. Army has taken him to both operational and institutional assignments: Musician with The Training and Doctrine Command Band, Music Performance Team Leader with the 1st Armored Division Band, Brigade Band Recruiting Liaison with the United States Army Recruiting Command (USAREC), Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Acting Commander of the United States Army Japan Band, and Commander of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) Band.

Mr. Knight’s military education includes: Warrant Officer Basic Course, Warrant Officer Candidate School, Company Commander/First Sergeant Course, Senior Leader Course (SLC), Advanced Leader Course, Basic Leader Course, Army Recruiting Course, Master Resilience Trainer Course, and the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training course (ASIST).

His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal (4th Award), The National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 3), Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd Award), the Army Superior Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster, the JGSDF Defense Cooperation Award 3rd Class (foreign award).

He is married to Mamiko Knight of Chiba, Japan. They have one son, one daughter, and a corgi named Ralph.