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John is a versatile pianist, piano teacher, arranger and composer who performs and teaches virtually every style of music-- classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues, etc.
With a B.A. in Music from the University of Delaware, he has performed with the Delaware Symphony, played on hit records, led his own groups at many prestigious venues, served as "house pianist" at the Columbus Inn for 10 years, played piano with name big bands (Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey with Robert Merrill, Bob Crosby, Sammy Kaye), toured full-time with professional rock groups (performing with Buddy Miles from Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsies and Peter Cetera of the group Chicago), arranged and recorded full orchestral arrangements for others, from children's music singer/songwriter Lois Young to Celtic star Charlie Zahm with the John Southard Highland Orchestra.
His piano students have won superior ratings at the Delaware State Solo Piano Festival, been accepted to music major degree programs at the university level, and many of his students have gone on to play in full-time working bands. He formerly taught at the Wilmington Music School and at the University of Delaware for more than 25 years, and is now teaching at the Arts Academy at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware and in his own private studio in Newark, Delaware.