Performer, educator, and clinician John Gruber is the Second Trombonist of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. John is Principal Trombonist of both the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and the Adrian Symphony Orchestra. He is also a regular performer with the Ann Arbor Symphony.
John was the National Brass Division winner of the 2010 Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also performs frequently as a recitalist and as a chamber musician.
As an educator, John currently holds a position at Siena Heights University in addition to teaching his private trombone studio in Ann Arbor. Previously, he has held teaching positions with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles and the Barnesville Exempted Village School District, where he served as Director of Bands. John also serves on the faculty at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
John is a native of Bowling Green, Ohio, where he earned his B.M.E. in Instrumental Music Education from Bowling Green State University. John earned his M.M. in Trombone Performance from the University of Michigan, where he is currently completing his doctoral studies. John’s primary teachers include David Jackson, William Mathis, Dan Saygers, and Garth Simmons.