Mr. Huntoon received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and his Master’s degree in Trombone Performance from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. His teachers were Dr. Gary Shaw and Dr. Paul Hunt. While in school, Mr. Huntoon toured with the American Waterways Wind Orchestra and the Tower Brass Quintet. He also played with the Toledo Jazz Orchestra and Perrysburg Symphony. Upon completion of his graduate work, John served as principal trombonist with the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, and was the trombonist for the Southwest Brass Quintet in Phoenix, Arizona. After relocating to Indiana in 1991, John began teaching low brass in public schools in Indianapolis and the surrounding communities.
Mr. Huntoon is currently the Director of Low Brass, Brass Ensembles and Jazz Ensemble at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. He also serves as the Assistant Director of Bands and Director of the Anderson University Community Concert Band. John is the principal trombonist with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra and the Kokomo Park Band. He has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Evansville Philharmonic and the Busselli-Wallerab Jazz Orchestra. John co-founded and is the trombonist for the Keynote Brass Quintet, and can be heard on their recording entitled Reflections. He has been featured on other recordings as well, including Festive Music for a Community of Faith, with organist, Dr. Ted Gibboney, with whom he appeared in recital in Freiberg, Germany as part of the St. Mary’s Cathedral concert series. Mr. Huntoon has played for artists including Ray Charles, the Moody Blues, Sandi Patty and Marie Osmond. In addition to his work at Anderson, John is active as a recitalist, recording artist and clinician throughout the Midwest. He resides in Cicero with his wife, Diana, and son, Isaac.
John Huntoon has been at Anderson University since 2002.
Instructor of Music
B.M., Millikin University
M.M., Bowling Green State University