John Reeks

John Reeks's Biography

John Reeks is a New Orleans native whose family tree is covered with generations of artists, both musical and graphic. He graduated from Loyola University in 1973 with a Music Education degree, and a Masters Degree obtained in 1999. His teachers include Vito Platamone, Robert Marcellus, and Stanley Weinstein.

John has played orchestral music professionally in New Orleans for over 30 years. He plays clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone in the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also worked with the San Antonio Symphony and the orchestras of the Santa Fe and Glimmerglass Operas. He was a member of the Spike Jones Band when that group was revamped in 1992. Along with the other LPO clarinetists, he served as Host of Clarinet Fest 2001, the convention of the International Clarinet Association.

He is one of the founding members of the Louisiana Philharmonic, and has served as president of the orchestra. He is featured on an LPO Masterworks Concert playing the US Premiere of Dietrich Erdmann's Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra. He teaches clarinet privately and has been on the faculty of the Loyola University College of Music in New Orleans since 1992. In his spare time he enjoys roller coasters, computers, and camping. John has two beautiful children, Emilie and Jesse, and is married to LPO clarinetist Stephanie Thompson.

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