John teaches all of the School Band Instruments - Trumpet, Clarinet, Sax, Flute, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone, etc. (all Brass and Woodwinds) - at Bananas At Large as well as at the homes of his students. He can be reached at: (415) 328-4306.
Students improve their skills using a wonderful method book called, The Standard of Excellence and their own school band music. These skills create a solid musical ground floor from which students can advance, and include: the development of beautiful tone quality, beat, rhythm, duration of note, range, breath control, dynamics, phrasing, artistic style, performance skills, music theory and jazz improvisation.
The lessons are fun and I compliment my students frequently. When needed, I make positive and constructive corrections. The student is given a vision for the future, of the great fun and benefits that music education and performance can add to one’s life. I encourage practice and continued participation in their school Concert and Jazz Bands, Honor Bands, Talent Shows, Solo and Ensemble Festivals, and Civic Bands.
John has taught all Woodwinds and Brass Instruments in School Bands successfully in the public and private school for 20 years in grades 3-12, and privately for 15 years. (see student awards below). He has a Bachelor of Music with emphasis in Music Education as well as a Lifetime California Teaching Credential. His University Supervisor said in his teacher recommendation; "John is one of the finest teachers I have ever observed." He received the school Band Award in both elementary and high school, and a Scholarship to the University of Pacific Music Camp. After High School, he became a tennis and swimming instructor for six years during summers while going to college. Upon graduating, he taught in public schools and spent several summers as Senior Faculty Member of the Cazadero Music Camp as well as Dean of Boys and Recreation Supervisor, supervising Recreation Leaders, 24 Counselors and 1000 Students.
Brass Instruments Student Honors:
Trumpet student Pete sat 3rd Chair in the California All State Honor Symphonic Band and now is 1st Chair in a Las Vegas Show Band;
Daisy (13), Principal Trombonist of 2012 Northern California Jr. High School Honor Band;
Thomas, a trumpeter, received the trophy for 'Most Improved Jazz Musician' Award from the Marin School of the Arts;
Trumpeter Elizabeth was Principal Trumpet of the Marin Youth Symphony Crescendo and High School Orchestras;
In 2004-05 Danny, a 13 year old Trumpet Student, was selected to sit 1st Chair in the Marin County Honor Band and Principal Trumpet of the Marin Youth Symphony's Crescendo Orchestra. Danny was featured by the Orchestra on Trumpeter's Lullaby by Leroy Anderson during its 2004-05 Season. He began taking lessons in 5th grade and after one year sat 5th out of 19 chairs in the 7th – 9th grade section of Cazadero Summer Music Camp Band, and 2nd Chair after his second year of study. He was also selected to be one of their Orchestras three trumpet players;
Trombone playing Sam played for three years in the Marin Youth Symphony High School Orchestra.
John has judged for California Music Educator's Concert Band Festivals. And while some of his students are content to move at their own pace, all of his students are offered opportunities to excel at solo and ensemble festivals.
Woodwind Instruments Student Honors:
Tom became the Lead Alto Saxophonist of the California All State Honor Jazz Band, won the "Best Soloist Award" at two Jazz Festivals, and later taught at Eastman School of Music the summer before his freshman year and now is featured on five CDs and two of his own as a woodwind specialist and producer in New York City;
After only five months of playing, Jonathan, a 4th grade Clarinetist of six months, won the Best Musician Award at a Solo and Ensemble Festival for 5th and 6th graders of ten schools;
Elizabeth, a 5th grader Flute Student, received the highest honor of Command Performance on her solo;
Clarinetist Christopher was 1st Chair in the Marin Youth Symphony's Crescendo Orchestra and 2nd Chair in MYSO High School Orchestra;
Saxophonist Cathy, was selected 2nd Chair for the California All State Honor Symphonic Band and now teaches music in the Sacramento Public Schools;
Clarinetist Jim, was selected for the Nor Cal Honor Band and has also become a music teacher.
Cathy was selected as one of two Bari Saxophone players for the California All State Honor Symphonic Band;
Reno Jazz Festival judges singled out and awarded Saxophonist Zakai based upon his exceptional level of performance. He received his High School's Band Award upon Graduating and said in his graduation "Thank you" note: "When I look at all the musical skills and knowledge that you have passed on to me, I realize that I couldn't have asked for a better music teacher." He now plays in his college band and is Pep Band Director.
Kenny and Katie both First Chair Flutists in their High School Bands
Jazz Band Awards Include:
First Place Redwood Empire Jazz Festival at Sonoma State University, with students awarded: Outstanding Soloist, Best Musician, Best Rhythm Section and Unanimous Superior for the Jazz Combo;
Awarded Best Overall Band of four High School Divisions and one College Division (80 total Bands) at the Sacramento City College Jazz Festival including: Best Soloist, and Best Combo Awards; Unanimous Superior at the Cal Music Educators Jazz Festival; Jazz Quintet selected to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Some of John's other endeavors and associations have included:
Music Educators National Conference; Adjudicator for Festivals
National Association Of Jazz Educators
FAA Certified Pilot, V.P. of NorCal Pilots Association
Varsity Tennis Team Most Valuable Player
Former Swimming and Tennis Instructor
Badminton Award: 2nd Place NorCal Badminton Association Tournament
National Association Of Safe Scuba
Avid Hiker/Marin and Sonoma Counties