Born in Michigan, raised in Indiana, and now at home in New York City, trumpeter and composer John Blevins has performed and/or recorded with such diverse artists as Noah & the MegaFauna, Spirit Animal, iconiQ: The Soundtrack Orchestra, Trumpet City, Drew Williams Nonet, the Wing Walker Orchestra, and Line of Sight. John is also a contributor and producer for Wing Walker Music.
John's latest original project, Matterhorn, will release its debut album next year featuring all new original music that is a unique confluence of jazz, rock, and the avant-garde. Line of Sight’s 2012 album Observant Bystander also features nine of John's original compositions.
John earned his Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance at New York University in 2013, where he served as an adjunct guitar and trumpet instructor. While at NYU John had the privilege of studying and/or performing with Laurie Frink, Ralph Alessi, Alan Ferber, Kenny Werner, and Brad Shepik among others. John also worked in the music department of Saturday Night Live under music director Lenny Pickett.
John earned Bachelor of Music degrees from Indiana University in Trumpet Performance and Jazz Studies in 2009 where he studied with Joey Tartell. Growing up in Fort Wayne, IN, John first learned from Tony Strebig, Kevin Christenson, and Akira Murotani.
John has also been heard in a variety of musical theater orchestras including Off-Broadway productions of "The Underclassmen" and “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."