John Connors, a native of northeast Ohio, is a graduate of Ohio University, where he received a BM in trombone performance and a minor in jazz studies. He is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in trombone performance at Duquesne University, where he also serves as the second graduate conducting assistant to the pep band. John currently studies with Professor James Nova of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and as part of his Duquesne studies, he serves as the principal trombone of the wind ensemble, and symphony orchestra, as well as performing with the jazz ensemble and various other groups. His previous principal teachers have been Ray Harcar, Chris Hayes, and Andy Millat, and while at Ohio he performed with the symphonic band, wind symphony, orchestra, two big bands, and the Ohio University Marching 110, as well as numerous chamber ensembles.
In May of 2009, he performed on the stage of Carnegie Hall with the National Collegiate Wind Ensemble, under the direction of famed conductor H. Robert Reynolds, former director of bands at the University of Michigan and current conductor of the wind ensemble at the University of Southern California. May of 2011 saw John inducted into the Beta Phi chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society, and most recently, in February 2012, he was a finalist in the Student Soloists' Competition at Ohio University, playing the trombone concerto by Launy Grøndahl.
Outside of school, John is a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, playing with the Ohio Army National Guard's 122nd Army Band in Columbus. He has been with that ensemble for five years, and currently performs in the brass quintet and the concert band. Over the course of the summer 2012 tour of the 122nd Army Band, John was featured as the trombone soloist on Arthur Pryor's Love's Enchantment, playing for thousands of people all accross the state of Ohio. Since March, 2012, John has also been playing with the Brass Band of the Western Reserve, a traditional British-style brass band based in Akron, OH, and now serves as their principal trombone and trombone soloist. Since the fall of 2002, John has been a member of the Medina Community Band and has been featured as a soloist numerous times with this ensemble.