Trombone: John Ohnstad 

John is the bass/contrabass trombonist of the Big Horn Brass, the Portland Columbia Symphony, the Siletz Bay Music Festival, the Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band, and is a founder of the Rose City Trombones. John regularly performs with the Oregon Symphony, the Eugene Symphony, the Vancouver (WA)  Symphony, the Newport Symphony, the Oregon Ballet, the Portland Opera, and the Oregon Coast Music Festival.

John studied with Tom Ervin and Richard Obregon at the University of Arizona. John’s teachers include Richard Ballou, Rick Tippets, Marc Wolters, Gary Nelson, J. Chris Leuba, Jeffrey Williams, Jeff Reynolds and George Roberts.

John was selected in 2017 by international audition as a Fellow for the Alessi Seminar, presented by Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic. While in attendance, he studied with Joe Alessi, Peter Ellefson, and Jonathan Whitaker.

In 2022, John edited a method book for Contrabass Trombone (Contrabass Trombone Exercise Library Project) with Ilan Morgenstern of the Vancouver, BC Symphony. This can be found at