John Blane

Adjunct Lecturer




John Blane is a professional bass trombonist/tubist, musical talent broker, and music engraver.  In addition to his early years as a music educator, Blane has been most active in show and recording work over the past 25 years in the Chicago area.

His performance credentials reads like a Who’s Who list in the entertainment industry; from the Ringling Bros. Circus to show orchestras for artists such as Johnny Mathis, Manhattan Transfer, Liberace, Tony Bennett, Wayne Newton, Lou Rawls, Gladys Knight, Burt Bacharach, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Tormé, Bob Hope, Sammy Davis, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and many more. He has also performed in the Chicago runs of Miss Saigon, Show Boat, Beauty and the Beast, The Will Rogers Follies, Damn Yankees, The King and I, Ragtime, The Lion King and Mary Poppins.

He is very active in the recording of television and radio commercials including spots for United Airlines, Miller Brewing Co., State Farm Insurance, Samsonite, McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Ameritech, Kellogg's, and WBBM-TV News, among many others.

Currently, the bulk of his energies are spent doing computer-aided music preparation for publication and performance. Major clients include Hal Leonard Publishing Corp., Alfred Music Publishing, Disney, Kendor Music, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Music Theatre International, and G. Schirmer, Inc., among others. Some of his publishing work includes the music of Frank Mantooth, Bob Mintzer, Bill Holman, Louis Bellson, and Joe Henderson, as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Alfred Reed, Michael Kamen, Alan Menken, and John Williams.

Courses Taught

Music Notation