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Trumpeter John Blevins is grateful to perform with a close camaraderie of musicians and artists from around the world. Born in Michigan, raised in Indiana, and now at home in New York City, he co-leads the groups Line of Sight and Heights and is a member of the Drew Williams Nonet. They perform original music that embraces the spontaneity of jazz and the melodic sensibilities of pop and folk music.
Line of Sight’s self-produced 2012 album Observant Bystander features nine original compositions by John performed with Alex Raderman and fellow Indiana University alums Brad Mulholland, Max Marshall, and Nick Tucker.
In 2013 John completed his Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance at New York University, where he served as an adjunct guitar and trumpet instructor. John earned Bachelor of Music degrees from Indiana University in Trumpet Performance and Jazz Studies in 2009 where he studied with Joey Tartell.
Through the NYU jazz studies director Dr. Dave Schroeder, John also had the unique opportunity to work in the music department of Saturday Night Live under music director Lenny Pickett. In addition to meeting and playing with many inspiring colleagues, NYU provided John the privilege of studying with Ralph Alessi, Laurie Frink, Alan Ferber, Kenny Werner, and Brad Shepik among others.
John has also been heard in a variety of musical theater orchestras including the Off-Broadway production of “Iron Curtain” by Prospect Theater Company in New York City and The Fort Wayne Civic Theater’s productions of "Curtains," "The Producers," "The Full Monty," and "Thoroughly Modern Millie." As lead trumpet with Royal Caribbean Cruises, John has had the opportunity to travel the world on both the "Freedom of the Seas" and the "Jewel of the Seas."