John Allen is Adjunct Instructor of Trombone at OCU and Principal Trombonist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Before moving to Oklahoma City, he was Bass Trombonist of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent substitute with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and is a much sought after freelance trombonist in the Dallas area. John has toured and recorded with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and has been solo trombonist for a season with the versatile sextet, Rhythm & Brass. An active chamber musician, he is a founding member of SlideHandlers, a touring trombone quartet, as well as the brand new Orion Brass, a Dallas-based septet that is in the process of creating a new repertoire for seven virtuoso brass players.
Mr. Allen has attended Interlochen Arts Academy, Manhattan School of Music, The Ohio State University and University of North Texas. His most influential teachers have been Joseph Duchi, David Sporny and Vern Kagarice. He has held faculty positions at Howard Payne University, East Texas Baptist University, Texas Wesleyan University, and has served as Instructor of Trombone and Tuba at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain since 2003.