John Bryant a native of Asheville, N.C., is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of South Carolina. Bryant began his study of the trumpet at age 10 and has since studied with Kieg Garvin, Mark Clodfelter, John Rommel, Michael Tunnell and James Ackley. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of Louisville. In 2002, Bryant made his Carnegie Hall solo debut at the age of 18. Since then, he has soloed with such groups as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Georgia Brass Band, Pan-Harmonia Chamber Music, the Keowee Chamber Players, Smokey Mountain Brass Band, Blue Ridge Civic Orchestra, Central Kentucky Concert Band and others.
Bryant has performed extensively in more than 30 states as well as many performances abroad in Europe and the far East.In 2008, Bryant won the Naumann Trumpets Award for Artistry and first place at the National Trumpet Competition in the Reiche Baroque Solo Division playing a replica 18th century instrument. He regularly performs with Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the Albany Symphony and Kentucky Baroque Trumpets, a period instrument group. In addition to being a well-known member of Atlanta’s freelance music scene, Bryant also serves on faculty at Young Harris College and the Atlanta Music Project in Atlanta. He also teaches a private studio of students and is a member of the International Trumpet Guild, Georgia Music Educators Association and National Association for Music Educators.
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