John Baker (MD)

A life-long resident of Maryland, and son of a trumpet player, John Bakerbegan piano lessons at age 7, and took up the trumpet at age 13. His academic career was punctuated by service in US Army Bands as a trumpeter and bugler, which culminated in 27 years total service with the world famous United States Army Field Band. During time, he performed on nearly 100 concert tours in the United States and its territories Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, as well as many foreign countries such as Mexico, Nicaragua, Belgium, Japan and Korea. Since retiring from the Army, Mr. Baker has continued performing and teaching in the Baltimore-Washington area, appearing with groups as varied as the Greenspring Valley Orchestra, Prince Georges Symphony, The Columbia Orchestra, and the Bayside Big Band and the Crabtowne Big Band. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet from University of Maryland College Park (1998) where he studied with renowned Trumpet soloist, teacher and mentor Professor Emerson Head. He is currently a student of Nate Hepler of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Baker enjoys teaching, and has taught trumpet students since his University days. He has taught at Wood Bridge Music Shop in Ellicott City since 2007. Several of his students have successfully auditioned for the Howard County Public Schools GT Band program, and performed with high ratings in the Solo and Ensemble Festivals.His passion is to continue giving the gift of music to his students and to pass forward the unique wonder that is music