John William Banther has performed with ensembles and as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. He has performed with artists and orchestras like Delfeayo Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Boston Pops Brass, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Holland Symfonia, Ebony Band, and the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, among many others. He is a former member of the Amsterdam Brass Quintet and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, and is currently a member of the Monumental Brass Quintet.
As an educator, John was previously an Adjunct Professor of Tuba at the Washington Adventist University and created a competitive private studio in the DC area. John has presented masterclasses at the George Mason University, the University of South Florida, Jackson State University, Gardner Webb University, Emory and Henry College, Indiana State University South Bend, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Penn State Erie, Projecto Guri, and public schools throughout the United States.
John is Production Manager and an on-air host for Classical WETA, in Washington DC. He can be heard Monday evenings from 8:00-12:00, and is also a host for Viva la Voce (classical vocal music). John hosts Front Row Washington every Monday evening at 9pm, which features local concerts and recitals in the Washington area of some of the most prominent names in classical music. John produces productions for Classical WETA, including National Symphony Orchestra Showcase, Front Row Washington, and Classical Breakdown. John also gives preconcert talks for the National Symphony Orchestra.
John graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with Mike Roylance, and the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Netherlands, studying with Perry Hoogendijk. John is also the founder of The Story Behind The Music, and with studies focused on Social Media has streamed concerts to thousands of people worldwide from the New England Conservatory, Boston University, and his solo concert with Kat Vipers at the Amsterdam Blue Note.
When not on the radio or stage, John enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Zenas, their dogs Gabby and Maggie, their horses, and many chickens.