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     John Lake is a trumpet player and composer living in New York City, maintaining a busy performance schedule as a jazz soloist and in-demand lead trumpet player. Recent large-ensemble performances include lead and section trumpet with the American Ballet Theater Orchestra, Michael Feinstein & Tedd Firth Big Band at Jazz At Lincoln Center, Ben Markley Big Band, Fat Cat Big Band, Jihye Lee Jazz Orchestra, Jazzharmonic Orchestra, David Berger Jazz Orchestra, Charlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band and 8-Bit Big Band, the Danny Jonokuchi Big Band, Brian Krock’s Big Heart Machine, Glenn Crytzer Orchestra, Steven Feifke Big Band, Terazza 7 Big Band, and the Seth Weaver Big Band.  John has performed at the Peru Jazz Festival, St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, Denver Jazz Festival, Jazz Educators' Network Conference, Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT), Kinser Jazz Festival, Elsie Fest, and the DC Jazz Festival.

     In the world of popular music and theater, John’s diverse musical talents have afforded him opportunities to perform and record with artists such as Escort, Marc Shaiman, Mac Miller, Alex Newell, Marin Mazzie, Casey Cott, Matthew Morrison, Josh Groban, Chairlift, Kristin Chenoweth, John Lithgow, and David Hyde Pierce.

     John composes and arranges original music for his own acoustic jazz septet, The John Lake Ensemble, and is a co-leader of the New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra, which performs monthly at The Django in New York City. He has arranged works for (and performed with) Peter Bernstein, Dick Oatts, Terrell Stafford, New York University, University of Wyoming, University of Colorado, Ithaca College, Celebrity Cruises, and many more. 

     Originally from western Ohio, Lake holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  John has continued his academic interests into his professional career, and has written for DownBeat magazine’s Woodshed section. 

John plays and endorses XO Brass trumpets and flugelhorns.