John Almeida holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Alabama and the Master of Music Education from Appalachian State University. Mr. Almeida has been a member of the Applied Brass faculty at the University of Central Florida since 1993, where he teaches trumpet and coaches the UCF Trumpet Ensemble and the Colbourn Brass Quintet. During the summer months, Mr. Almeida teaches trumpet and coaches the Honors Brass Quintet during the Cannon Music Camp at Appalachian State University.
His orchestral experience includes performing as Principal Trumpet of the Brevard (FL) Symphony Orchestra from 1993-2007 and Principal Trumpet of the Winter Park (FL) Bach Festival Orchestra from 1993-2002. In 2002, Mr. Almeida was one of two participants selected to perform in Adolph Herseth's master class at the DePaul University Trumpet Symposium in Chicago, Illinois. He is a founding member of The Brass Works, a professional brass quintet. He is also the director of Horns and Pipes, a professional large brass ensemble. Mr. Almeida has over thirty years experience in teaching applied trumpet to beginning and advanced trumpet players. John Almeida is both a general and instrumental advisor for the Pro Series™ Elite Practice System.
Mr. Almeida's students have gone on to receive music performance degrees from Appalachian State University, Indiana University, Rice University, Rutgers University, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and the Vandercook College of Music. A number of his students have been first place winners in the International Trumpet Guild Solo Jazz Competitions, members of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the United States Army Jazz Ambassadors, the United States Navy Band, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Walt Disney All-American Band, BLAST!, and professional musicians in the Los Angeles movie and television music industry.
Mr. Almeida remains active as an adjudicator for the Florida Bandmasters Association. He has been a guest artist/clinician in New Mexico, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Rhode Island, Virginia, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, New York City, Florida, and at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Mr. Almeida is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and performs frequently as a soloist and is in demand as a trumpet clinician. Mr. Almeida's principal teachers include William Adam (Indiana University), Thomas Wholwender (2nd. Trumpet, The Cleveland Orchestra), and Joe F. Phelps (Appalachian State University).