John Vernon Peterson
(pictured as featured soloist with the late great Ed Shaughnessy- jazz clinician & drummer for Doc Severinsen and the Johnny Carson Tonight Show
, Having played both violin and trumpet in grade school as well as five years of piano at American Conservatory of Music under Margaret Nichols, my musical life changed forever when my musician brother Dr. Hal Peterson gave me the Chick Corea & Gary Burton album "Crystal Silence" for my birthday in 8th grade. From that point on I focused on mallet percussion instruments - playing the glockenspiel in the Marist High School Marching Band under the direction of Frank Manna in Chicago my home town, but fell head over heels in love with the vibraphone. In high school I studied under Jim Holton, and in college Sally Stulken from Lawrence University. I received a Bachelor of Arts "cum laude" in Music from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, continuing piano and organ under Roy Carroll, guitar under De Ette Marshall, concert band, stage band and brass choir under Joe Colaluca, and music history and literature from Sr. Bertha Fox at Clarke College. Today I teach mallet percussion instruments including the vibraphone, xylophone, marimba, chimes and bells; also piano, keyboards, bass and guitar - acoustic and/or electric. In addition, I play in many different bands and configurations including solo, duo, trio, quartet, quintet and up to nine piece (musical instrumentation similar to the group Chicago). "So much music - so little time"
Community concert band (mallet percussion) and 99 West Jazz Band (electric guitar and vibraphone) under the direction of Mark Williams who is also a fine trumpet player.
I have played a 12 string acoustic guitar in the 9 AM Sunday choir at St. James Catholic Church in McMinnville for 25 + years - under the direction of Kathleen L. Bernards (piano/vocals) - also playing school masses with Gus Pappelis-(piano/vocals)
Under the direction of Lee Schrepnel I play electric guitar in this group which raises money to feed the local hungry and homeless during December of each year.
Freddie and the Stumpjumpers
playing glockenspiel, guitar and banjo in this Dixieland jazz band under the direction of Ron Bork