John Bryant

Trumpet Performer and Music Educator

Website of Atlanta based trumpet player and music educator, John Bryant. 


Trumpet Performances

Wedding & Ceremonial Music

Group & Private Instruction


"If you know the Way broadly, you will see it in All Things."

-- Miyamoto Musashi

Teaching a beginner at the Atlanta Music Project.

Getting started on making a sound!










The above quote from Japanese philosopher, calligrapher, and swordsman,  Miyamoto Musashi, truly embodies my musical teaching philosophy.  The aspiration I hold for each of my students is success.  However, the success that each student strives for will be unique to each student.  Thus, I teach my students lessons that apply not only to music, but rather the unique skills that command success in any endeavor.  Some of these skills are: discipline, hard work, problem solving, and dedication.  I teach each of these skills using the trumpet as a vehicle for instruction to teach The Way.  Once a student understands The Way, he or she will see it in all things and understand what it takes to be successful in any avenue.

I believe that within EVERY person lies the ability to make great music. As a music educator it is essential to locate and foster the growth of this gift. Studying music is a very individual experience and each student will walk a very different path. Therefore, since no two students are identical a different approach will be custom tailored for each student to maximize his/her personal potential. The greatest joy in teaching music is observing a development and transformation in the student that is not only musical, but intellectual and personal as well. 

Email me at or call me at 828.242.3944 to inquire about getting started.  I look forward to working with you!



Why Take Lessons?  

Children that are involved in arts education learn many of the traits that parents wish to instill in their children and heartily demand of their child’s schooling: academic excellence, social and emotional involvement, civic engagement, and equal opportunity.  There are myriad studies that speak to the veracity of this claim.  It is a well-documented fact that students involved in their community’s arts programs have better math scores, increased cognitive ability and critical thinking skills, as well as heightened verbal skill.  These days, young students are often concerned about college entrance and career considerations as early as age 14.  The research is clear, if your student is involved in arts education, he or she will have an edge over their peers not enrolled in arts education. 



Adults, too!

Arts education is not just for young students either!  Some of the world’s greatest minds such as Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Plato were also life-long musicians and spoke to the benefit of music education.



My Curriculum Vitae:

Click here to download a copy of my Curriculum Vitae in .pdf format!  


2008-2013, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, D.M.A., Trumpet Performance 

2006-2008, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, M.M., Trumpet Performance 

2002-2006, Indiana University: Bloomington, IN, B.M., Trumpet Performance


2011-Present, Young Harris College, Young Harris, GA, Adjunct Professor of Music and Trumpet

2010-2012, North Greenvilles University, Tigerville, SC, Adjunct Professor of Trumpet

2008-2010, University of South Carolina, Teaching Assistant 

2006-2008, University of Louisville, Teaching Assistant


2010-Present, Trumpet Teaching Artist, Atlanta Music Project, Atlanta, GA

2010-Present, Instructor of Trumpet, Padeia School, Atlanta, GA

2010 -Present, Instructor of Brass, Polk County High School, Columbus, NC

2010, Instructor of Trumpet, Dutch Fork High School, Irmo, SC 

2010, Instructor of Trumpet, Ridge View High School, Columbia, SC, Winter Band Camp 

2007, Instructor of Trumpet, Seneca High School, Louisville, KY, Band Camps 

2004-2005, 2009, Instructor of Brass, R.S. Central High School, Rutherfordton, NC, Band Camp 

2002-Present, Instructor of Brass, A.C. Reynolds High School, Asheville, NC

Instruction of trumpet/brass in preparation of concert, jazz band, and marching band music, marching band techniques, and brass techniques.


2008, National Trumpet Competition, Fairfax, VA, 1st Place, Reiche Historic Solo Division - Naumann Trumpets Award for Artistry 

2007, National Trumpet Competition, Fairfax, VA, 1st Place, Historic Ensemble Division  

2002-2006, M. Beechler Scholarship (Awarded for outstanding performance) 

2002-2006, Dean's Scholarship (Awarded for outstanding performance) 

2002-2006, Ione Allen Scholarship (Awarded for outstanding performance)


James Ackley (DMA degree), Dr. Michael Tunnell (MM degree), Dr. Herbert Koerselman (MM degree), Ansyn Banks (MM degree), John Rommel (BM degree), Edmund Cord (BM degree), Joseph Tartell (BM degree), Larry Black (private instruction), Mark Clodfelter (private instruction), Rudi Amon (Private Instruction), Niklas Eklund (Masterclass), Barry Bauguess (Masterclass), Nello Salza (Masterclass), Amy Gilreath (Masterclass), Vince DiMartino (Masterclass), Todd Hastings (Masterclass), and Peter Wood (Masterclass)


2012, Auburn University

2012, University of Louisville

2011, North Greenville University

2010, University of South Carolina 

2010, Georgetown College 

2009, University of South Carolina 

2008, University of South Carolina 

2008, University of South Carolina 

2008, University of Louisville 

2007, University of Louisville


2009-Present, Music & Arts Music Store, Instructor of Brass, Columbia, SC

2008-Present, Community Music School, Instructor of Trumpet, Columbia, SC 

1996-Present, Private Studio Instruction


2011-Present, Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra, Savannah, GA

2011-Present, Rome Symphony, Rome, GA

2011-Present, LaGrange Symphony, LaGrange, GA 

2010-2013, Albany Symphony, Albany, GA 

2010-Present, Georgia Brass Band, Co-principal, Atlanta, GA

2009-2010, Hollywood Film Orchestra Tour, Co-Principal 

2009, The New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra Tour, Co-Principal 

2009-Present, The Columbia Jazz Orchestra, Substitute, Columbia, SC 

2008-Present, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Substitute, Augusta, GA 

2006-Present, Kentucky Baroque Trumpets, Louisville, KY 

2006-2008, Jewish Community Center Orchestra, Principal, Louisville, KY 

2006-2008, Derby City Brass Band, Solo Fluegelhorn, Louisville, KY 

2007-2008, Hard Bop Jazz Quintet, Louisville, KY 

1999-2004, Haywood Arts Repertory Theater, Pit Musician, Waynesville, NC 

2001, Asheville Community Theater, Pit Musician, Asheville, NC 

2000-2002, Blue Ridge Civic Orchestra, Principal, Asheville, NC 

1998-Present, Appalachian Brass Quintet, Asheville, NC


2012, Great American Brass Band Festival, Danville, KY

2012, Young Harris Wind Ensemble, Young Harris, GA

2011, Young Harris Wind Ensemble, Young Harris, GA

2011, Albany High School, Albany, CA

2010, Pan Harmonia Summer Festival, Featured Soloist, Asheville, NC

2010, Keowee Chamber Players Summer Festival, Featured Soloist, Asheville, NC

2010, Central Kentucky Concert Band, Featured Soloist, Lexington, KY 

2008, Derby City Brass Band, Soloist, Summer Concert Series, Louisville, KY 

2008, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Spring Recital, Featured Soloist, Louisville, KY 

2008, Calvary Episcopal Church, Soloist, Lenten Recital Series, Louisville, KY 

2007, Bravo Series "Catch A Rising Star" Recital, Featured Soloist, Asheville, NC 

2006, Central Kentucky Concert Band: Summer Pops Series, Featured Soloist, Lexington, KY 

2004, A.C.Reynolds High School Band, Featured Soloist, Asheville, NC 

2004, Institute for European Studies Exchange Recital, Featured Soloist, Milan, Italy 

2003, Cathedral of All Souls, Soloist, Cathedral Recital Series, Asheville, NC 

2002, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Spring Tour, Featured Soloist, Asheville, NC 

2002, Smokey Mountain Brass Band, Featured Soloist, Asheville, NC 

2002, Blue Ridge Civic Orchestra, Featured Soloist, Asheville, NC


2013, Georgia Music Educators Association, Savannah, GA

2012, Great American Brass Band Festival, Danville, KY

2012, Trumpet Festival of the Southeast, Rome, GA

2012, International Trumpet Guild, Columbus, GA

2011, National Brass Symposium, Kennesaw, GA

2010, Atlanta Trumpet Festival, Atlanta, GA

2009, University of South Carolina, Classroom Teaching Workshop, Columbia, SC 

2009, Western Carolina University Trumpet Festival, Cullowhee, NC 

2008, Orvieto Musica:Trumpet Fest, Orvieto, Italy 

2008, National Trumpet Competition, Fairfax, VA

2007, World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Kilarney, Ireland 

2007, National Trumpet Competition, Fairfax, VA 

2006, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Chicago, IL 

2006, Great American Brass Band Festival, Danville, KY

2002, Great American Brass Band Festival, Danville, KY


1998-Present, International Trumpet Guild

2010-Present, National Association of Music Educators

2010-Present, Georgia Music Educators Association