John grew up in North London and began playing the cornet at the age of 9 in Enfield Band. John attended the Purcell School of Music where he studied trumpet under the tutelage of James Watson,
After completing the LRSM, John studied under Robert Farley, Rod Franks, Paul Mayes, Brian Thompson, Mike Laird and with Jazz Soloist Steve Waterman and he graduated from Trinity College of Music in 2008 with a Postgraduate degree.
After his graduation, John was appointed Soprano Cornet with the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band During his time with the band he appeared on TV and radio and toured the UK with folk band ‘The Unthanks’ enjoying critical acclaim for concerts in Durham Cathedral and London’s Barbican.
John has appeared at many of the UK’s most prestigious venues including: The Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican, The Sage Gateshead, Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and many others. As a soloist John has performed Oskar Bohme’s trumpet concerto at the Cheltenham Music Festival Vivaldi’s Double trumpet concerto, Hummel’s Trumpet concerto with the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra (famous for the family concerts with Richard Stilgoe in the Royal Festival Hall), Aratunian’s Trumpet concerto and many recitals over the country and is very well received by his audiences all over the country.
John is an experienced Musical Director, having conducted Welwyn Garden City, Medway Concert Brass and North London Brass Bands.
James has played trombone since he was 10, and has played in a huge variety of ensembles and groups during that time: from orchestras to operas, funk bands to folk groups and of course, brass bands.
While studying for his maths degree at the University of Warwick, James was fortunate enough to conduct the University of Warwick Wind Orchestra and the University of Warwick Symphonic Brass Ensemble.
James loves all things brass bands and is a trustee of the UniBrass Foundation, which aims to promote brass banding among university students - an age when there is a large drop off in musical participation as people leave school.
James has conducted the Beginners and Intermediate bands since January 2015 and enjoys the community ethos of London Metropolitan Brass and enthusiasm of all those involved. After rehearsals, he likes to be found in the nearest pub with a good pint of bitter!