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Mr. John Parks

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it has been a performing guitarist since the early 1970's. Beginning his studies in North Carolina with Dan Ramsey and Carroll Dills, he later went on to graduate Cum Laude with a B.M. in Guitar Performance from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1980. At Berklee he studied with William Leavitt, Mike Ihde, Bret Willmott and Mark French. Further studies have included Gene Bertoncini at Eastman School of Music, Bob Roetker at the Navy School of Music, Jesus Silva at the

North Carolina School of the Arts, and Sam Dorsey at Greensboro College. After Berklee, John became a member of the U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Command Band where he received the Air Force Commendation Medal . Relocating to Nashville, Tennessee in 1986, he worked as a session and show guitarist for more than 15 years, while also being a member of several of Nashville's most popular club and society bands. John has also studied songwriting with Jason Blume and Pat Pattison, winning awards in both the American Song Festival and the Music City Song Festival.

 

Throughout the years John has worked with Tennessee Ernie Ford, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Eddie Rabbitt, Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones, The 5th Dimension, Rita Moreno, Lee Greenwood, The Gatlin Brothers, Chester Thompson, Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin, Doug Stone, Porter Wagoner,

T. Graham Brown, Mandy Barnett, Ricky Skaggs, Chely Wright, Dean Sams (Lonestar), John Rich (Big & Rich), Louise Mandrell, Boy Meets Girl, The Tokens, as well as comedians Tommy Smothers and George Lindsey. His Air Force band experience includes performances for President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush. In addition to guitar duties in the Air Force, he was principal string bassist for two years as well as auxiliary percussionist, emcee and vocalist.

 

John was cast guitarist for the show "Always...Patsy Cline" at the Ryman Auditorium and was featured on the MCA cd. He has played literally thousands of performances for other similar shows through the Opryland USA complex including a live version of "Hee-Haw". John has played on over 100 albums to date, and has appeared as a guitarist in the CBS-TV movie "The Dottie West Story". In addition, he also made several nationwide tours with the Jack Daniels' Silver Cornet Band as a guitarist and banjoist.

 

John's playing has run the gamut from solo gigs to combos, big bands, concert bands, chamber orchestras and the Nashville Symphony. His various working situations have included intense periods of rock, jazz, country, funk, brazilian, classical, R & B, and top 40, as well as a substantial amount of experimental music (including free-form and electronic/computer media composition). He has appeared on numerous shows opening for or sharing stages with artists such as Blood, Sweat and Tears, Three Dog Night, Chubby Checker, The Neville Brothers, The Kingston Trio, The Count Basie Orchestra, Bill Monroe, Lorrie Morgan, Bobby Bare, Dr. John, Larry Carlton, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin, The Drifters, The Hooters, Skitch Henderson, Thom Schuyler, and Patti Labelle.

 

In 2002, John was graduated with Highest Honors from Nashville State Community College with an A.A.S. in Computer Information Systems. He is currently on the music faculty at Queens University of Charlotte and Limestone College.