School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts
John joined the Colorado Symphony Orchestra as principal trombonist in 2015. He was born and raised in Roanoke, VA, where he started his musical journey in the Roanoke College Children's Choir. When he was in 4th grade, his parents bought him a trombone from a pawn shop for $180. His arms wouldn't be long enough to properly play the instrument until he was in 8th grade. While in high school, John toured with ska bands up and down the East Coast, including a stint on the Vans Warped Tour. Following high school, he attended James Madison University, where he graduated with a degree in music education and a minor in jazz studies. He received his master's degree in trombone performance at Yale University, studying under Scott Hartman.
John then joined the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, for one season before winning the principal trombone position with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Following the Syracuse Symphony's dissolution in 2011, John held positions with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra before coming to the Colorado Symphony. He has also served as guest principal trombone with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This summer, he will join the Grand Teton Music Festival. In the fall, John will join the faculty of the University of Northern Colorado as a trombone instructor.
A fan of the outdoors, John and his wife Hitomi enjoy exploring beautiful Colorado's mountains with their trusty dog Django. He also enjoys playing the ukulele and guitar, singing, photography, and making sushi.