John Gruber

Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion

Performer, educator and clinician John Gruber was recently appointed lecturer of trombone for the 2018–2019 academic year. He is also the principal trombonist of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and second trombonist with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Toledo Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Adrian Symphony, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the Galliard Brass, and the Brass Band of Battle Creek.

As an educator, Dr. Gruber most recently served as the low brass instructor at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Previously, he has held teaching positions with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles and the Barnesville Exempted Village School District, where he served as Director of Bands. He also serves on the faculty of the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in the summer.

Dr. Gruber was the National Brass Division winner of the 2010 Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He performs frequently as a recitalist and as a chamber musician.

A native of Bowling Green, Ohio, Gruber earned his BME in Instrumental Music Education from Bowling Green State University. He holds both the MM and DMA degrees in trombone performance from the University of Michigan, where he also completed a cognate in wind conducting. His teachers include David Jackson, William Mathis, Dan Saygers, Michael Haithcock and Garth Simmons.

Areas of Expertise
  • Trombone
  • Brass Pedagogy
  • BME, Bowling Green State University
  • MM, University of Michigan
  • DMA, University of Michigan