Classical Trumpet Performance, Teaching
John Freeman is a classical trumpet player and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Residing in downtown Oakland, John has several professional orchestra jobs; he holds the principal trumpet chair of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Stockton Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, and the Marin Symphony. He also is a member of the Oakland Symphony, Opera San Jose Orchestra, and the Iris Orchestra in Memphis, TN. When he's not performing with these groups, he often can be found freelancing with groups such as the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, the California Symphony, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Santa Rosa Symphony, or the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, among others.
John is the professor of trumpet at San Jose State University, and teaches other private students throughout the bay area. In the past, he has served as adjunct trumpet professor at UC Davis, California State University Stanislaus, and Dominican University.
As a soloist, John has recently performed the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto with the Auburn Symphony and the Hummel Trumpet Concerto with the Solano Symphony. In the past he has performed Copland's Quiet City with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Haydn Trumpet Concerto with the Charlotte Symphony.
In addition to solo and symphonic music, John has performed with a wide variety of other ensembles including brass quintets, Broadway pit orchestras, jazz big bands, salsa bands, and even rock bands. Before moving to the Bay Area, John was the Principal Trumpet of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina.
When he’s not performing or teaching music, John is an avid road cyclist, and also enjoys running, hiking, studying health and nutrition, and home roasting coffee.