Jon has been playing trumpet for over 40 years, guitar for over 20 years, and has been a teacher both in the public schools and privately for over 25 years. He has a BA (U of O), MA and Ph.D. (Northwestern University) in music education, with a research focus on practice and community music. Jon has also written several popular books on music (www.sol-ut.com) which his students receive free of charge. Jonís lessons emphasize creativity, improvisation, and practice efficiency, and help students build a solid foundation in all 5 musical elements. Most importantly, Jon believes lessons should be fun, engaging, and rewarding. Jon plays around Bend in several groups, most frequently with The Hot Club of Bend (trumpet & guitar), Big Band Jazz at COCC (which he directed in the fall of 2018), and Cascade Winds Symphonic Band. You might also hear him sitting in with Chiringa, The Nomads, or other groups around Bend.