John Meyers (1995), Jazz Ensemble
B.A., Milton College
John Meyers was born in Harvard, IL, is the oldest of 13 siblings, and is the only professional musician in his family. He started playing trumpet his freshman year of high school (using his dad’s old horn) and ended up joining the marching, jazz, and concert bands. He continued to study music at several institutions, completing his degree at Milton College.
After college, John performed with many groups, including the 10-piece rock band O.D.T. (Orfordville Dump Truck), and toured with the New Orleans-based band Cypress and the Chicago-based show band The Brite Set. In 1986, he moved back to the Beloit area and began his association with the Beloit Janesville Symphony, where he continues to play in the trumpet section.
At Beloit College, John has taught applied trumpet lessons, brass techniques, pep band, and brass ensemble. He continues to serve as conductor of the Jazz Ensemble, where he leads the group in performances on campus and in various local venues, sharing his experience as a touring musician with Beloit College students.
John spent over twenty-three years as a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard Band. He has performed thousands of military funeral honors (TAPS) and led the jazz band, brass quintet, and combo. He retired from service in 2006 with the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7).
John continues to freelance with local groups such as Jack Farina Orchestra, Jan Garber Orchestra, Ken Kilian Big Band, Hunter Fuerste and the American Vintage Orchestra, and various Dixieland, polka bands, brass quintets. He still tours annually with the Bobby Layne Orchestra of Lincoln, Nebraska.