Private Piano & Voice Study
Dr. Vernon Skoog, Birmingham, AL

Various teachers including Harrison Cooper,
who worked with Benny Goodman & Count Basie

University of Louisiana Monroe
1970-1972, Graduation 1976
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Piano, Composition, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Arranging, Jazz Ensemble,
Orchestra, Choir, Voice,
Concert Band, Marching Band

University of North Texas

Studies in
Jazz improvisation
Classical and Jazz Piano
Electronic Music
Composition Study with Merril Ellis
Jazz and Classical Orchestration
Upright & Electric Bass
Saxophone & Bass in the One O'clock Lab Band

Private Guitar Study With James Devon,
Vancouver BC

Private Piano Study 1974-75
Lyle Mays

Downbeat Jazz Summer Camp, 1970
University of Illinois
Arranging study with Wes Hensel
Saxophone Study with
Blue Lou Marini
Piano Study with
Marion McPartland

Louisiana Tech Rome Italy 1973
Studies in Art, Painting
Western Civilization

San Jose State University 1985
Film Scoring with
Dr. Dan Wyman

Protools Digidesign Certification, Digital Recording Software
Bruce Tambling

John and Bruce recorded and composed many feature film
soundtracks together, and worked together with the Silicon Valley founders of
Avid Digidesign Protools in their initial prototype of the "Audiomedia Card" that revolutionized the recording industry.

Album Production and songwriting
informal in the studio mentoring
Narada Michael Walden,

John's Producer in a Production contract in 1980-81,
San Francisco. Narada was the most successful music producer of the 1980s and 90s with Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and many others