John Roberts Y Pan Blanco

Date: Mar 23, 2018

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Ronan Performing Arts Center

Concert Details: 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 Angles, 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 multiple Grammy events, 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 at SU 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 ad improvisation. Along with his private studio, he regularly works ad performs as a clinician and guest artist in schools, continuing to home his skills as an educator by sharing the “real world” of music with his students.

John is active in the Montana and Los Angeles performing and studio scenes as an arranger, bandleader, session player and composer. Most recent works are the new Dr. Dre production, “Straight Outta Compton”, and Ricardo Lemvo’s new Cuban-West African album.