John’s first performing experiences were in the Roanoke College Children’s Choir in his hometown of Roanoke, VA, before giving up choir in lieu of the trombone at the age of nine. While in high school, he began performing with ska bands touring the east coast, culminating in a brief stint on the Vans Warped Tour. John attended James Madison University with a degree in music education and a minor in jazz studies, where he studied trombone with Dr. Andrew Lankford. From JMU, he went to Yale for his masters degree in trombone performance under the direction of Scott Hartman. Following Yale, John was a fellow in the New World Symphony in Miami Beach under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas before joining the Syracuse Symphony. Career highlights include performing with CAKE in 2009, a favorite band of his.
A musician with a diverse musical background, John is equally comfortable performing orchestral, chamber, jazz and commercial music. A proponent of new music, he is active in commissioning new pieces from living composers. John is also an accomplished teacher and has presented master classes and recitals throughout the country. While not performing, John enjoys singing and playing the ukulele, and hiking with his beautiful wife, Hitomi, and loyal dog, Django.
For more information and recordings, please visit his website at www.johnsipher.org.