Department Chair, Assistant Professor
Phone: (406) 657-2049
Office: Cisel Hall 223
B.A., Montana State University Billings, 1996
M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, 1999
John Roberts is the Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Montana State University – Billings. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Montana State – Billings and received his Master of Fine Arts in Western Orchestral Trombone Performance from California Institute of the Arts. He also conducts the Jazz ensembles and teaches World Music.
Feeling equally comfortable in orchestral and commercial music realms, for the past 17 years John has been touring, recording, and performing in Los Angeles, around the U.S. and around the world, including Mexico, India, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, Australia and Africa. Tours include Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca (Congolese/Cuban), Bobby Womack (Soul), Los Pinguos (Argentina),The Temptations, and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Other performances and recordings include 2008 and 2009 Grammys, Chris Botti, Feist, Sting, Dr. Dre, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Frank Sinatra Jr., Chaka Khan, Burt Bacharach, The Ojays, Christina Aguilera, NPR, PBS, and Disney.
Professor Roberts regularly works as a clinician, adjudicator and guest artist, continuing to hone his skills as an educator by sharing the “real world” of music with his students.
Professor Roberts continues to free-lance as a performer, band leader, recording musician, arranger and composer with numerous commercial groups in Los Angeles and Montana, as well as internationally.