SSG William Kan

SSG William Kan

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Joined the Band: 2022

Ensemble: The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band

Bachelor's Degree: Wright State University

Master's Degree: University of Georgia


SSG William Kan, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Percussion Performance from Wright State University and University of Georgia. SSG Kan studied with Mell Csicsila (Freelancer), Jerry Noble (Dayton Philharmonic), Tom Freer (Cleveland Orchestra), and Tim Adams (Pittsburgh Symphony). In addition, SSG Kan has received additional instruction from many notable performers/teachers such as Gwen Dease (Michigan State), Leo Soto (Houston Symphony), Matt Strauss (Houston Symphony/Rice University), Robert Van Sice (Yale/Peabody), Todd Meehan (Baylor University), and many others. Prior to joining “Pershing’s Own,” SSG Kan was an active freelancer and teacher, having played with orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic, Canton Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Terre Haute Symphony, Carmel Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony, Lansing Symphony and many more. In 2021, Kan began his Army career as a 42R, Army Musician, with the 1st Cavalry Division Band at Fort Hood, Texas. In his free time, he enjoys eating great food, watching sports, and spending quality time with his wife.

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