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John S. Mindeman

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John S. Mindeman


John S. Mindeman (b. 1957) is an American composer, arranger, educator and trombonist.

John received a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College, a master’s degree from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, and a performer’s certificate in jazz trombone from Northern Illinois University. 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.

John's career as a trombonist has included performances with the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Opera Theater, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Brass Quintet, and the Millar Brass Ensemble. He was a member of two overseas orchestras, the Filarmonica de Santiago (Chile), and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Costa Rica.

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.

An active arranger and composer, Mr. Mindeman has a substantial catalog of works for brass and other ensembles. His arrangements have been performed by the New York Philharmonic Brass, The Charleston Symphony Brass, The Washington Symphonic Brass, The Monarch Brass, The Elgin (IL) Symphony Orchestra, The Quincy (IL) Symphony, and The Millar Brass Ensemble. As a composer, John has written works for orchestra, piano, oboe, string quartet, string trio, and mixed chamber ensemble.

He is currently associate professor of trombone and euphonium at Western Illinois University, where he teaches trombone and euphonium, music theory, low brass techniques, and performs with the Lamoine Brass Quintet, the faculty ensemble in residence at WIU. John also enjoys giving solo recitals, teaching master classes, and playing chamber music throughout the Midwest.

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