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John, whose brother (a veteran bass trombonist with the L.A. Philharmonic), and mother encouraged him to take up the instrument at age 10.  He had no intention of being a professional musician, however.  His original love was repairing motorcycles, and, although his business was doing okay, he realized he had gone about as far as he could.  So, he attended California State University-Northridge and started taking the French horn more seriously.

It turned out to be a good move, as he found himself working with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  One of his early recitals with members of the Philharmonic took place at Cal State Northridge on 21st July 1986.  They performed Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Duo in E flat”, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Oboe Quartet” and Thomas Weelkes “Centone No. VI”.

In 1987, he joined the Pacific Symphony Orchestra as their associate principal horn player, and graduated to principal in 1995.

He and trumpeter Burnette Dillon were front and center when the Pacific Symphony took the stage at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on 24th August 1996.  They each got a solo turn with concerti by Richard Strauss and Giuseppe Tartini.  The Classical Brass concert was rounded out by music of Giovanni Gabrieli, Ottorino Respighi, and Dmitri Shostakovich.

His discography is considerable, and here are but a few highlights:  Bat Out of Hell III:  The Monster is Loose by Meat Loaf; Call Me Irresponsible by Michael Buble; Cool Yule by Bette Midler; Desde el Fondo de Mi Alma by Raphael; The Forest by David Byrne; Hero by Kirk Franklin; Highway Rider by Brad Mehldau; A Romantic Christmas by John Tesh; Serenada Schizophrana by Danny Elfman; To See You by Harry Connick, Jr.; and, Trumpet of the Swan by Jason Robert Brown.

Soundtracks on which he appears include Antwone Fisher, Beyond Borders, Dreamcatcher, The Express, Flags of our Fathers, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Jeepers Creepers 2, The Legend of Zorro, Man on the Moon, The Notebook, Peter Pan, Robots, Signs, Terminator 3:  Rise of the Machines, The Village, War of the Worlds, and X-Men 2.

On the small screen, he can be heard on the scores of Alias and In the Realms of the Unreal.

Gamers may have heard him without knowing it whilst fighting baddies in Spider-Man 2:  The Game.

 

2008     Indiana Jones: The Complete Soundtracks Collection     John Williams     Horn
2008     Pineapple Express         French Horn
2008     WALL-E [Original Score]     Thomas Newman     French Horn
2007     Blades of Glory [Original Motion Picture Score]     Theodore Shapiro     Horn
2007     Call Me Irresponsible     Michael Bublé     French Horn
2007     Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Horn
2007     Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [2007 Soundtrack]         Horn
2006     X2: X-Men United [Original Motion Picture Score]     John Ottman     French Horn
2006     The World's Fastest Indian [Music from the Motion Picture]     J. Peter Robinson     French Horn
2006     American Dreamz     Stephen Trask     French Horn
2006     Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose     Meat Loaf     French Horn
2005     Constantine [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Brian Tyler     Horn
2005     Dreamer [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Debney     Horn
2005     Elektra [Original Motion Picture Score]     Christophe Beck     Horn
2005     Fantastic 4 [Original Motion Picture Score]     John Ottman     French Horn
2005     Isn't It Romantic: The Standards Album     Johnny Mathis     French Horn
2005     Robots [Original Score]     John Powell     Horn
2005     The Legend of Zorro [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     James Horner     Horn
2005     War of the Worlds [Music from the Motion Picture]         Horn
2004     Alias: Season Two [Original Television Soundtrack]     Michael Giacchino     French Horn
2004     Day After Tomorrow     Harald Kloser     Horn
2004     Hidalgo (Music Composed by James Newton Howard     James Newton Howard     Horn
2004     Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Horn
2004     Surviving Christmas [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Randy Edelman     Horn
2004     The Bourne Supremacy [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Powell     Horn
2003     Alias [Original Television Soundtrack]     Michael Giacchino     French Horn
2003     The Rundown [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Harry Gregson-Williams     Horn
2002     Antwone Fisher     Mychael Danna     Horn
2002     Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood         Horn
1992     Grand Canyon [Original Soundtrack]     James Newton Howard     French Horn

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