Trombonist John Mindeman
Trombonist John Mindeman has distinguished himself as a performer, teacher, and arranger in the
United States and overseas. Currently a member of the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra in Chicago and the
Lamoine Brass Quintet at Western Illinois University (WIU), he is Associate Professor of Trombone & Euphonium
at WIU and enjoys giving solo recitals, teaching master classes, and playing chamber music throughout the Midwest.
John has performed with the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, the Ravinia Festival
Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Opera Theater, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Brass Quintet, and the Millar Brass Ensemble.
He has played under some of the finest conductors of our time, including Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Helmut Rilling, Rafael Kubelik,
Christian Thielemann, Roberto Abbado, Erich Kunzel, Mistislav Rostropovich, and Semyon Bychkov. He has also played with popular artists such
as Joni Mitchell, the Three Tenors (Domingo, Pavarotti, Carreras), Andrea Boccelli, Nanci Griffith, Audra McDonald, The Moody Blues, and
Garrison Keillor. He was a member of two overseas orchestras, the Filarmonica de Santiago (Chile), and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of
From 1999 to 2009, John taught and performed at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wisconsin, a unique summer program
for young musicians age 13-19. In addition, he has taught at Wheaton College, Knox College, Northern Illinois University, Roosevelt University, and
North Central College.
He has a substantial catalog of arrangements for brass and other ensembles, many of which are available for sale on this website.
John's talents as a performer and arranger can be heard on the following recordings: Brass Surround, with the Millar Brass Ensemble (Delos);
Joy, Joy, with Tenor David Phelps (Spring Hill); Trio for Trumpet, Horn, and Trombone
on the disc The Trumpet Music of Verne Reynolds
and the premiere recording of the Trombone Concerto
by Dexter Morrill on the disc Three Concertos with the Northern Illinois Philharmonic (Centaur).
John received a Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College (1980), a Master’s degree from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago (1985), and
a Performer's Certificate in jazz trombone from Northern Illinois University (2005). He is grateful to have studied trombone with superb musicians such as
Edward Kocher, George Krem, Edward Kleinhammer, Arnold Jacobs, Charles Vernon, and Tom Garling.