John Banther is the weekday evening host on Classical WETA 90.9 FM. From Walt Disney World, to Europe’s greatest orchestra - the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - to performing with one of America’s leading ensembles, The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, he is in high demand as a musician and educator.
John has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, and South America, and with artists and orchestras like Delfeayo Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Boston Pops Brass, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Dutch National Opera & Ballet, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Brevard Symphony, Holland Symfonia and the Ebony Band among many others. John is the tuba player and operations manager of the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass, and a former member of the Amsterdam Brass Quintet and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet.
As an educator, John is Adjunct Professor of Tuba at the Washington Adventist University, and created a private studio in the DC area with students that consistently place in the top ensembles, all county and all state bands. John has presented masterclasses at the George Mason University, the University of South Florida, Jackson State University, Gardner Webb University, Emory and Henry College, Indiana State University South Bend, Penn State Erie, Projecto Guri, and public schools throughout the United States.
John graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music, studying with Mike Roylance, and the Amsterdam Conservatory, the Netherlands, studying with Perry Hoogendijk. John is also the founder of The Story Behind The Music, and with studies focused on Social Media has streamed concerts to thousands of people worldwide from the New England Conservatory, Boston University, and his solo concert with Kat Vipers at the Amsterdam Blue Note.
When not on the radio or stage, John enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Zenas, and their dogs Gabby and Maggie.