Classical Trumpet Performance, Teaching

​John Freeman


John Freeman is a classical trumpet player and teacher who has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for around ten years. Now based in Oakland, John is the principal trumpet of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Stockton Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, the Marin Symphony, and Symphony Napa Valley. He also is a member of the Oakland Symphony and Opera San Jose.  When he's not performing with these groups, he often can be found freelancing with groups such as the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, the Iris Orchestra in Memphis, TN, the California Symphony, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Santa Rosa Symphony, or the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, among others. 

In addition to 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.  

John teaches private students throughout the Bay Area.  John is currently professor of trumpet at San Jose State University and in the past has served as adjunct trumpet professor at UC Davis,  California State University Stanislaus, and Dominican University.

When he’s not performing or teaching music, John enjoys long distance cycling, running, lifting weights, rock climbing, studying health and nutrition, and home roasting coffee.