John began playing the piano at the age of 5 while living on an isolated ranch in Southeastern Montana. There was no TV, but there was a piano. At age 11, he picked up trombone to play in the grade school band. After graduating in 1996 from Montana State University-Billings with a BA in Music Performance, John moved to Los Angeles to earn his Master of Fine Arts in Western Orchestral Trombone Performance from California Institute of the Arts.
Feeling equally comfortable in orchestral and commercial music realms, John has been touring, recording, and performing in Los Angeles, around the U.S. and around the world, including Mexico, India, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, Australia and Africa. Tours include Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca (Congolese/Cuban), Bobby Womack (Soul), Los Pinguos (Argentine),The Temptations, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and others. Other performances and recordings include 2008 and 2009 Grammys, Chris Botti, Feist, Sting, Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Frank Sinatra Jr., Chaka Khan, Burt Bacharach, The Ojays, Christina Aguilera, NPR, PBS, Disney, and others.
After 16 years in Los Angeles, John is currently on staff in Montana at MSU Billings as a Jazz, music theory,low brass and world music instructor. He also maintains a private studio, ranging from beginning to college level musicians, teaching brass skills, classical repertoire, production, jazz and commercial theory and improvisation. Along with his private studio, he regularly works and performs as a clinician and guest artist in schools, continuing to hone his skills as an educator by sharing the “real world" of music with his students.
John continues to free-lance as a performer, recording musician, arranger and composer with numerous Latin, jazz, gospel, orchestral, blues, R&B, Hip Hop, and commercial groups in Los Angeles, Montana and throughout the U.S.
When not dabbling in the world of music, John is likely found (or not found!) gallivanting about the Rocky Mountains via foot, 4WD, skis or mountain bike.