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Banker, John (William)

Banker, John (William), tuba, vocalist, b. Franklin, NJ, 16 March 1955. Grew up in West Milford, NJ with John C (Father) and Betty Ann (Campbell) Banker (mother) Deborah (Sister). BM and BME degrees from Indiana University in 1979.  Student of Don Butterfield (1970-73), Harvey Phillips (1973-79) and R. Winston Morris (1979). 

While in Indiana, performed Mid-west Regional tours with Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, Mel Torme, Marvin Gaye and many other touring acts.  Began specializing Traditional New Orleans Jazz.  Short stint (1979) as feature performer at Opryland USA in Nashville, TN including various jingle & project recordings. Selected for U.S. Coast Guard Band in 1979.  Appointed Instrumental Music Director (Warrant Bandmaster) for U.S. Coast Guard Academy (1990-99) Retired USCG 1999.  Currently Instructor at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, and Director, Connecticut Entertainment

Recordings:
Hot Cat Jazz (1992); Hot Cats in Heat (1993); Hot Cats: I Love to Hear a Brass Band (1994); Ragtime, Too: Those Were the Days  (1995); Hot Cats: Cats On A Hot Tin Roof (1996); Out of the Bag (1997); Come & Get It  (1999); Riverboat Ramblers: New Orleans Night Life (2002)

Radio broadcasts:
1975 - NPR Artist Feature

Contact information:
CTmusic @aol.com
Ph (860) 887-1454 
FAX (860) 887-7717
405 Harland Road,
Norwich, CT 06360  USA

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