Background: Classical, New Age, Standards, Mainstream Jazz/Blues, rock from '60s-today, and today's pop music, all on the piano.
As a composer, I focus on keyboard-based instrumental music - but I've written a song or two, and have scored for woodwind quintet, solo flute, string duo (violin/bass) and full orchestra.
As an accompanist, I specialize in vocal (soloist and full choir) accompanying, but have accompanied several solo instrumentals - Flute, Tuba, French Horn.
Classically trained, I am proficient at sight reading, and can read a transposed score. I can also improvise based off of a chord chart (chord symbols or Nashville Numbers), and free-improvise.
John did such a wonderful job at my sister’s funeral. He played all the songs we requested beautifully and added quite a few at the beginning of the service. He was so professional and endearing. I would highly recommend him for any event. He also travelled far for us and we really appreciated it. My sister would have loved it.
John played a diverse mix of music for our party. Including a full list of Christmas carols with a sing-a-long. Excellant pianist and very nice. We will be hiring him again.
Price Range: $75-125 per hour, $150 minimum
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
I have been studying music for 25 years, with focus on keyboard instruments, especially piano. I attended Loyola University New Orleans with emphasis on Music Education and Composition, which gave the ability to perform and write with a wide variety of instruments and personalities. My private study continued throughout my schooling, after which I opened up my own piano studio in conjunction with my teaching position after college.
In addition to keyboards, I have studied percussion instruments, and am self-taught on the mandolin.
If I am asked to provide music for your event or venue, I can provide amplification for outside venues, along with an array of keyboard and software instruments (if desired, or a piano is not available). I can tailor my playlist to specific moods desired by the event planner(s), and will take requests, provided I have time to learn them before the event.
If I am asked to compose (a) piece(s), I will take into account what that piece is accompanying, the events occurring during the music, and the expected evocation of the audience's emotion and imagination. I have written several pieces for video games in recent years.
Past Booked Events
|March 17, 2019 • 12:30pm - 1:15pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|December 22, 2018 • 7:30pm - 10:00pm||House Party|
|December 22, 2018 • 8:30am - 12:30pm||Graduation|
|December 21, 2018 • 7:30am - 9:00am||Graduation|
|December 19, 2015||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
Influences & Inspiration
Classical composers, specifically Beethoven, Debussy, and Ravel. Progressive rock, specifically Yes, Pink Floyd, Emerson Lake & Palmer, and Kansas. Modern blues including Stevie Ray Vaughn and Buddy Guy. Southern Rock and Americana, especially the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. Videogame composer and keyboardist Nobuo Uematsu.
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