Recognized as an “exhilarating, very versatile trumpet performer and educator” (Jose Sibaja, Boston Brass), John Maurer graduated as the trumpet graduate assistant at the Penn State University with his master’s degree in Trumpet Performance as well as receiving his bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a concentration in Trumpet Performance from Millersville University. John has performed in various venues around the world and conducted a number of residencies and masterclasses in many renowned colleges and universities in the United State of America.
THREE KEY TAKEAWAYS
- Put the Music first.
- Never have a “Plan B.”
- When you’re invested in something, you’ll take it more seriously.
JOHN’S WORST MOMENT AS A PERFORMER
Played at a wedding with some friends in college. They weren’t prepared and didn’t do a very good job. Had to start things over, apologize to the crowd, etc.
JOHN’S BEST MOMENT AS A PERFORMER
Master’s Recital at Penn State University. Was in a great state of mind, had prepared and executed very well.
- “Bringing your A game has to be your Plan A. If you have a Plan B, you’ll always fall back on it.”
- “Just take a deep breath and make a beautiful sound.”
- “Life is not about music. Music is about life. So make sure you have one.”
THE HOT SEAT
Q: It’s 5 minutes before you go on stage for an important performance… What are you doing?
A: Just relaxing and getting ready for the gig.
Q: What’s the best performance-related advice you’ve ever received?
A: Listen, take a deep breath, make a beautiful sound, and put the music first.
Q: What’s a non-musical activity that contributes to your success as a musician?
A: Outdoor adventures. Hiking, biking, etc. I tell my students, “Life is not about music. Music is about life. So make sure you have one.”
Q: What is one thing your baby has taught you about being a better musician?
A: Time management.