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John, besides performing with String Breezes, also performs solo as an acoustic-vocal act or solo mandolinist. His performance repertoire exceeds 500 songs, everything rangind from swing standards to Dave Mathews and beyond. As a mandolinist there is relatively nothing he cannot or does not perform.
John's musical career started at the tender age of five when he first began playing the mandolin. Perhaps because it was his first, the mandolin became his best-loved instrument. John is a multi-instrumentalist (he says he plays everything but brass) who was formally educated at Berklee Music School in Boston (Arranging & Composition) and received his degree in Music Theory from the University at Albany. Most recently he has performed with 2 + TWO where he played keyboards and sax while contributing his vocal abilities as well. He has also performed and recorded with theBlend (mandolin & vocals) and The Woody Mack Band (mandolin, keys, sax and vocals). His eclectic writing and playing styles are uniquely his own. John also shares his musical skills with his growing number of mandolin students. His influences are David Grisman, Sam Bush, Jethro Burns, Gordon Lightfoot, and Jim Croce along with all the early influences of Slavic Folk and Gypsy music in his life.
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