John Banther serves as a weekend host on Classical WETA 90.9. John is the tuba player of the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, and has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. John has also performed with artists and orchestras like Larnelle Harris, Martina McBride, Delfeayo Marsalis, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra among others. With a passion for music, John received his Bachelor of Music with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and his Master of Music from the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Netherlands. When not on the radio or performing, John enjoys spending time with his wife, Zenas, and their dog Gabby.
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