John Reynolds (department chair) is a highly sought trumpeter in Southern California, adept in performing many styles of music. John holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California as well as degrees from San Diego State University and Point Loma Nazarene University.
John performs frequently with his own groups, the Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra and the John Reynolds Jazz Quintet. He is often contracted as a freelance trumpeter in Southern California. In the Jazz world, John has performed with John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Gerald Clayton, Graham Dechter, Rickey Woodard, Jackie Ryan, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Bobby Shew, Frank Mantooth, Gilbert Castellanos, Marshall Hawkins and many others. Other groups with which he has performed include Westwind Brass, Millennia Consort and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. As an active part of the San Diego music community, he can be seen performing frequently in both Jazz and Classical venues. John recently played for the production Broadway production of Peter Pan (featuring Cathy Rigby) and for the Distant Worlds Orchestra (presenting the music of Final Fantasy) with members of the San Diego Symphony at UCLA. He also recently played solo piccolo trumpet for 50th wedding anniversary of the parents of Bill Gates. John has held adjunct music positions at Point Loma Nazarene University and is currently adjunct faculty at Grossmont College.
Here is a recent article posted regarding Dr. Reynolds’ teaching at SCPA.
John is a member of the International Trumpet Guild, the Musicians Association of San Diego County Local 325, Jazz Education Network and the College Music Society.
I began playing trumpet in the 5th grade. In middle school I switched to french horn and
began taking piano lessons in the 8th grade. Once I got to high school I joined the marching band, competing in parades and field show competitions all over southern California. I played french horn, trumpet and sousaphone/tuba in band as well as violin in the orchestra.
I joined choir my junior year of high school and sang in both the Advanced Mixed Choir and the Chamber Singers. We toured Germany and Austria in 2009 and sang in Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2000. My wife Erin was in the Chamber Singers, too.
In 2000, the year I graduated high school, I had the opportunity to play trumpet in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Band for the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. While in Australia, I also played in the famous Sydney Opera House.
In 2000 I also began a barbershop quartet named Four Score with three high school friends from band and choir. We sang at all the choir and band concerts throughout the year, performed in hundreds of venues and competed in the International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest five years in a row, earning the silver medal in 2004.
After graduating high school I spent two years studying music at Grossmont College. I played french horn in the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and sang in the Grossmont Master Chorale. In between my days with college classes I worked as the assistant director and accompanist of the Vocal Music Department at Valhalla High School. I was also a tenor soloist at La Jolla United Methodist Church. I got the chance to tour France and Spain with these groups, playing organ, piano and singing in some of the most amazing Gothic cathedrals in Europe.
I transferred to San Diego State University in 2002 and continued to study music, singing and playing in the various campus ensembles and taking courses in music education, theory, history, conducting and literature. At this time I also taught private guitar, piano, violin and voice lessons at Alan’s Music Center in La Mesa, CA. I graduated cum laude in 2004, receiving my Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.
After completing my student teaching in 2005 at Valhalla High School I worked as a middle school band and choir teacher in Ramona, CA. I missed the excitement and challenge of high school, so in 2007 I began work at Morse High School, where I directed the band, orchestra and choirs for five years. In 2012 I began teaching at SCPA as the Vocal Arts and Music Theory instructor.
I am also currently employed as the Director of Music for the First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon, where several groups have had the opportunity to perform large choral masterpieces such as Vivaldi’s Gloria. I have played piano, guitar and sing lead vocals in local classic rock cover bands, including Rockola.
I enjoy composing and arranging music for my bands, orchestra and choirs as well as writing original solo material and several children’s songs, which may or may not ever be published. My musical inspirations come from many different genres and backgrounds, and include but are not limited to Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy, Bernstein, Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Billy Joel, The Eagles and The Police (just to name a few).
Lastly, I have served in the professional, community and educational musical theatre community as music director, conductor and pianist. Some of my credits include:
SCPA: Rent, Songs For a New World, Kiss Me, Kate!, Hot Mikado, Chicago, The Rocky Horror Show and Superficial Alice
San Diego REP: In the Heights, Evita
CCT: Les Miserables