John is an experienced freelance guitarist, bassist and vocalist available for performance, recording and teaching in Atlanta, GA and the surrounding area.

Primary Instruments

Guitar: classical, acoustic steel string, electric solidbody, electric hollowbody, electric baritone
Bass: electric bass, double-bass
Voice: baritone – rock, folk, pop and jazz

Secondary Instruments

Banjo:  5 string Scruggs-style, 4 string swing and Dixieland, fretless mountain banjo
Mandolin: A type
Dobro: square neck
Ukulele: soprano


  • Excellent reading skills in bass and treble clef
  • Comfortable improvising in many styles
  • Familiar with many genres
  • Adaptable and easy to work with

Performance Experience

  • Countless wedding ceremony and cocktail hour performances
  • Performed multiple times with Margo Rey (
  • Performed with Shirley Jones
  • Pit orchestra experience (see list of productions)
  • Bandleader of multiple ensembles including acoustic, rock, country/bluegrass and classical ensembles
  • Frequent jazz duo, trio and quartet gigs
  • Multiple concert performances with The Robert Ray Orchestra
  • Session work with songwriters and singers (See discography)
  • Jingle sessions
  • Church performances
  • Band member Carnival Cruise Lines

Music Instructors

  • Classical guitar: Gus Toole, Michael Moseley, Daniel Pumphrey
  • Guitar: Steve Griffin, Robert Fripp
  • Double-bass: John (Ivan) Zugel

Teaching Experience

  • Private lesson teacher – ongoing
  • Music and economics teacher at Atlanta Country Day School – 1998-2000
  • Private lesson teacher – Action Music Charlotte, NC 1992 – 1994
  • Taught Guitar Classes – Appalachian State University – 1986

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Economics) – Appalachian State University 1989
  • Minor in Music – Appalachian State University 1989
  • Attended League of Crafty Guitar sessions taught by Robert Fripp