Who we are

Meet The Board


President - Eric Hjellming

General Manager - Edward S. Zlaty 

VP of Personnel  - Jeff Dick

VP of Operations - John Marshall

Treasurer - Jim Scott

Secretary - Nancy Cushman

Members - Bob Barton, Gary Dowty, Kelly Kahn, Greg Porter, Chris Sluder

Conductor (ISB)


Assistant Conductor (ISB)


John Hilmer studied Music Education at Quincy, College, Western Illinois University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Austin, and Texas A & I. He was the recipient of the Indiana Music Educators Outstanding Music Educator Award, the Lilly Teacher Creativity Grant, and Who’s Your Hero

Award. He is a member, and Past-President of Phi Beta Mu Gamma Chapter, an honorary fraternity of

Band Directors. He also served on the staff of the Indiana Ambassadors of Music European Tours for many years. Hilmer’s 37 year career as Band Director included teaching experience in Iowa, Texas, and Indiana. He was formerly the Director of Bands and Performing Arts Dept. Chair at Warren Central,

Adjunct Professor at Jordan College of Music, Director of the Indianapolis Municipal Band and Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphonic Band. Since retirement John has served as Tour Director for Music Travel Consultants, assisting school music organizations on trips throughout the US, Italy, and China.

Assistant Conductor (ISB)



Steve Meurer is the Assistant Director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Band and a member of the ISB trombone section.

He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in music education from Indiana State University.

Steve has an extensive background as a public school music educator, having served as Director of Bands at Western Boone Jr. Sr. High School, Terre Haute South Vigo High School, Lawrence Central High School, and Craig Middle School.

Steve has been the orchestra director at Lawrence Central and Fishers High Schools, and Key Learning Community in IPS.

He is currently the music director at Legacy Bible Church in Noblesville.

Conductor (Barton Rogers Band)


 Jane Dobson Poio is the leader of The Barton Rogers Big Band. Jane is a longtime member of the sax section of Barton Rogers Big Band as well as a 31 year member of the Indianapolis Symphonic Band in the clarinet section. Her jazz experience includes 20 years with the New Ventures Jazz Band in Indianapolis, the Normal City Music Company in Muncie, and jazz studies with Dr. John Spicknall at Indiana State University. In addition, Jane is an adjudicator for solo and jazz music contests and has performed in the past with the Carmel Symphony and with theater musical productions. Jane is a music teacher with the Indianapolis Public Schools.