John is a freelance trumpet player, music educator, clinician, and conductor that performs at
clinics and concerts throughout the United States, including performances with The Ohio State, Purdue, University of Tennessee, Ohio Northern Marching Bands, and the British Brass Band of Columbus and dozens of high school groups across the nation. He has performed numerous times with the Toledo and Columbus Jazz Orchestras.
He is a former 1st Trumpet player of the Stan Kenton Orchestra and has recorded 3 CD’s with
them including: “Kenton Plays Chicago, “Fire, Fury, and Fun,” and “Kenton ‘76,” where he is
the featured soloist on Send In The Clowns. He also was the 1st Trumpet player at the Dunes, the
Sands, and the Sahara Hotels in Las Vegas from 1977 until 1984 and the split lead player at
Caesars Palace in 1983, performing for entertainers including: Johnny Carson, Don Rickles, Jerry
Lewis, Doc Severinsen, and Vic Damone among others.
He has recorded 6 CD’s with the Jim Widner Big Band, as their 1st trumpet. He is featured the
featured soloist on “Begin the Beguine” on their latest CD “The Beat Goes On”. This group
does summer Jazz clinics at The Univ. of Missouri/St. Louis and The Univ. of Nebraska/Omaha,
where the focus is teaching students ages 13 to adult how to play jazz in a Big Band. This group
has appeared at The International Association of Jazz Educator’s convention in 1997 and 2014.
John was a music teacher for 25 years in the Xenia Community Schools, and for 4 years at Dayton
Christian Schools where he conducted High School Concert and Symphonic Bands, Middle School
Bands and Choirs, the Marching Band, and Jazz Bands. He is the Orchestra Director at Patterson
Park Church Beavercreek, and Artistic Director of the Dayton Jazz Orchestra.
John plays the Conn Vintage One Flugelhorn.