John Bryant Greear is a native of Grand Prairie, Texas in which he started playing the cornet in 1980. He studied trumpet with Professor John E. Moots at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma and Dr. Rick Bogard at the University of Texas in Arlington. In the spring of 1992 he enlisted in the United States Army as a bandsman and served with the 36th Army Band located at Fort Huachuca, Arizona until 1994. His next assignment took him to Heidelberg, Germany, where he served with the Premier Army Band in Europe, the USAREUR Band & Chorus. J.B. and his wife, Bettina, have been living in Lake Ridge for the last 16 years with their three sons Ian, Colin and Gavin. J.B. has been a proud member of The United States Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps since 1997 and has since retired after 20 years of faithful service. As a member of the Fife and Drum Corps SSG Greear holds a Top Secret and Secret Clearance with enabled him to perform missions at the White House for three U.S. Presidents: William Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama. He enjoys freelancing in various musical ensembles, ranging from small pit orchestras to the big symphonies, in the Washington DC area.
12838 Valleywood Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22192
20 miles from Woodbridge, VA 22192
I do not offer online lessons.
George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia Spring 1999 Music Performance
University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas 1990-1992 Music Education & Performance
Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma 1987-1990 Music Education & Performance
My philosophy in teaching this trumpet is based on whatever it is that each individual student needs at their particular stage of development. I strongly believe in re-enforcing the fundamentals of brass playing: Proper breathing, air support, correct embouchure and tongue placement are all crucial elements for the trumpeter to achieve production of a clear, open sound.
Once such sound production has been attained in the lower and mid ranges of the instrument, the capability of the player to produce higher tones increases with proper practice and the help of studies of the overtone series as well as that of scales. Rhythmic and metered playing must also be exercised for the sake of re-enforcing the ability to play in tempo and for rendering unfamiliar rhythm patterns manageable.
In addition, I consider it of paramount importance to coach performers of all levels to â€œmake musicâ€ rather than to merely play the notes on the page: Whether the goal be to prepare him or her for solo and ensemble competitions, concert music, jazz studies or the occasional church service, conveying the significance of everyoneâ€™s own personal interpretation of a composition while performing it is what makes music come alive
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