John Greear

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Woodbridge, VA
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Trumpet

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I strongly believe in reinforcing the fundamentals of brass playing: Proper breathing, air support, correct embouchure and tongue placement are all crucial elements for the trumpeter to achieve production of a clear and open sound.
Once such sound production has been attained in the lower and mid ranges of the instrument, the capability of the player to produce higher tones increases with proper practice and the help of studies of the overtone series as well as the playing of scales.
Rhythmic and metered playing must also be exercised for the sake of re-enforcing the ability to play in tempo and for rendering unfamiliar rhythm patterns manageable.
In addition, I consider it of paramount importance to coach performers of all levels to “make music” rather than to merely play the notes on the page: Whether the goal be to prepare him or her for solo and ensemble competitions, concert music, jazz studies or the occasional religious service, conveying the significance of everyone’s own personal interpretation of a composition while performing it is what makes music come alive.
Overall I believe the most important aspect of playing any instrument is to have fun! Once a student sees and hears the music being brought to life through their own creativity it is my hope that the spirit of “making music” will spark a fire within and grow inside the performer, thus enriching their lives, as well as those that hear them.
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John delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1987

John Bryant Greear

Highlights of Qualification
 Twenty years of service as a U.S. Army Musician
 Fifteen years of service with The Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps, a U.S. Army Special Band (Retired as of 1 Aug 2012)
Thirty-plus years of experience as a private instructor of trumpet with students of various age groups
 Local freelance musician as soloist and ensemble member in various musical organizations.

Professional Experience

Levine Music Washington, D.C. (2015- Present)
Trumpet Instructor

Foxes Music Falls Church, VA (2016-Present)
Trumpet Instructor

The Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps, Ft. Myer, Virginia (1997-2012)
Bugle Instrumentalist- Top Secret and Secret Clearance for Pentagon and White House Arrival Missions

 Performances for Heads of State at The White House and The Pentagon
President William J. Clinton
President George W. Bush
President Barack H. Obama
Secretary of Defense William Perry
Secretary of Defense Ronald Rumsfeld
 Performances at high profile functions:
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery
U.S.S. Arizona Memorial Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Countless military funerals for soldiers of the U.S. Army

United States Army, Europe (USAEUR) Band and Chorus, Heidelberg, Germany (1995-1997)
Trumpeter

Performances with Concert and Ceremonial Bands for audiences in Germany and other European countries
Featured guest soloist with the Orchester im Palais Rischer Heidelberg, Germany

36th US Army Band, Ft. Huachuca, Arizona (1992-1995)
Trumpeter

Performances with 36th Army Band
Brass Quintet, Stage Band, Rock Combo and Concert Band
Featured Soloist with Concert Band

Additional Musical Experience

The Virginia Grand Military Band Alexandria, VA
The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Fairfax, VA
Capitol Wind Symphony Washington, D.C.
Brass of the Potomac Takoma Park, MD
The Washington Savoyards Washington, D.C.
The Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra (featured soloist) Woodbridge, VA
The Garland Symphony Orchestra Garland, TX
The Irving Symphony Orchestra Irving, TX
The Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra Lawton, OK

George Mason University Fairfax, VA (Spring 1999) Music Performance
University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX (1990-1992) Music Education & Performance
Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma (1987-1990) Music Education

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