Teaching Artist of Jazz Guitar
Office Location: FAC 242
John graduated from the University of Iowa in 1980 where he performed as guitarist for the Johnson County Landmark band. While with the JCL band, John won Outstanding Guitarist awards at the Elmhurst (IL) and Notre Dame jazz festivals. During this time, John also studied music composition privately with Dr. Richard Hervig and Dr. Kenneth Gaburo.
After completing his undergraduate studies, John moved to Los Angeles, California to study at the Guitar Institute of Technology (aka, Musician’s Institute (MI)) from where he graduated in 1983. While attending MI, John studied with Joe Pass, Joe Diorio, Carl Schroeder, Scott Henderson and many other great musicians/educators. John went on to become a full-time educator at MI from 1987-1992.
During this time period, John also taught Jazz studies at the International Music Seminars in July of 1987 in Montpelier, France. He was an instructor alongside and performed with such musicians as Ralph Towner, Glen Moore, Harvey Swartz, Ron McClure, Joey Baron, Joe Diorio, John Scofield, Robben Ford and Ed Sarath. John was an instructor at the International Music Seminars also in July of 1988 in Antibes, France and performed at the Antibes Jazz Festival.
From 1990-1992, John attended UCLA where he completed the renowned certificate program in Film Scoring including conducting large orchestra performing his own compositions in a motion picture sound studio in Burbank, CA. During this time John also studied Orchestration with Dr. Albert Harris. In 1993, while in Seattle, John embraced technology by working on computer music engraving for Columbia Pictures Publications and REH Video while performing extensive freelance gigging. He also wrote music for Madison Avenue commercials.
John moved back to Iowa to work as an Information Technology in 1994 and began teaching Jazz Guitar at Drake shortly thereafter.