John Gardner attended the University of Kentucky on full scholarship. During those four years, he was winner of the School of Music’s Concerto Competition, student conductor of the Concert Band, president of Phi Mu Alpha Honorary Music Fraternity and principle clarinet in the University Orchestra. During college he worked summers at Camp Crescendo, a marching band camp, where he wrote and taught marching drill to a different band each week. He was hired as band director for the East Washington School Corporation in southern Indiana prior to college graduation. During four years at Eastern, the marching band was ranked 4th in State in Class C twice, and the band grew from 8 to 20% of the school’s student population. For the last decade, he has taught private clarinet/sax lessons to area musicians and worked on summer band camp staff at the local high school. He conducted the Huntington Community Strings until they were absorbed into the Huntington University orchestra. He is currently the Asst. Band Director at Huntington North High School and adjunct faculty at Huntington University, where he teaches Applied Clarinet and plays in the Wind Ensemble. He has performed in musicals, in the university orchestra, as soloist with the orchestra and Wind Ensemble and on several faculty recitals.