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     John Lake is a trumpet player and composer living in New York City.  Despite being a rather recent midwestern transplant, John has developed a busy performance schedule as a jazz soloist, as well as an being in-demand lead trumpet player. Recent large-ensemble performances include lead and section trumpet with Michael Feinstein & Tedd Firth 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, as well as John's own collaborative big band, the New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra, which currently enjoys a monthly residency at The Django in Manhattan.  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, 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, Marin Mazzie, Josh Groban, Chairlift, Kristin Chenoweth, John Lithgow, and David Hyde Pierce. John also composes and arranges original music for his own acoustic jazz septet, The John Lake Ensemble. He has arranged works for Peter Bernstein, Terrell Stafford, New York University, University of Wyoming, University of Colorado, Ithaca College, Celebrity Cruises, and many more. 

     Originally from northwestern 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 recently written for DownBeat magazine’s Woodshed section. 

John plays and endorses XO Brass trumpets and flugelhorns.