Author: John-Thomas Burson

John Thomas Burson, Atlanta-based trumpeter and entrepreneur, has pursued his passion for music across a diversity of genres and arenas, including performances with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Brass Band, Harrower Opera Institute, and Spectacle Brass, of which he is a founding member. In 2014, he was the winner of the International Trumpet Guild Sonare Pro Brass Scholarship. Burson’s devotion to chamber music has been an integral part of the strategic expansion of Atlanta’s own Spectacle Brass. Over several years, the brass quintet has broken into the national scene, performing at Michigan’s Bay View Music Festival and alongside the Boston Brass during the 2013 Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado. The group recently received an invitation to perform at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Convention and was a finalist in the Calvin Smith Brass Quintet Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee. Committed to outreach, Spectacle Brass collaborated with a local high school to present the Suite from Leonard Bernstein’s Mass and presented a benefit program for Children’s Healthcare of Augusta, Georgia. During his study at Metro Atlanta’s Kennesaw State University, Burson studied with Thomas Hooten of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Karin Bliznik of the St. Louis Symphony, Michael Tiscione of the Atlanta Symphony, and Georgia Brass Band Solo Cornetist Dr. Douglas Lindsey. John Thomas has attended the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the YMF Balmat National Orchestra Institute, the Bay View Music Festival, and the Boston Brass Summer Music Clinic at Western State Colorado University. For two consecutive years, he was selected as Principal Trumpet in the Georgia Music Educators Association All-College Band in Savannah, Georgia. He was also a finalist in the National Brass Symposium Orchestral Excerpts Competition. Performing in venues such as the Cobb Energy Centre, Gwinnett Performing Arts Centre, Bailey Performance Center, and Spivey Hall, Mr. Burson also teaches trumpet as an instructor at the West Georgia Arts Conservatory. With an interest in the new music scene, John Thomas is currently working on a project recording the brass chamber music of William Funk. He is also actively arranging music for brass quintet to present in collaboration with Spectacle Brass. Mr. Burson performs on Yamaha, Bach, and Schilke trumpets. For more information, please visit his website and blog,, or the website of Spectacle Brass, [2014]

Upcoming Georgia Solo Recital

Upcoming: Georgia Solo Recital Sunday, July 30th 2017 3:00 PM Eastminster Presbyterian Church of Marietta  3125 Sewell Mill Rd, Marietta, Georgia 30062 Hello Georgia friends! I’m playing a solo recital on July 30th, literally the day before I’m making my move to LA. The brilliant Judy Cole will be joining me on piano to perform: JT Burson: “Excursions on a Common… Read more →

Spectacle Brass in Villa Rica, GA; live performance, Christmas tree lighting, special event, ceremonial music, trumpet

Challenging the “Orchestral” Model

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend two local concerts: Georgia Symphony Orchestra (GSO) Jazz at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre and a matinee Atlanta Symphony performance at the Woodruff Arts Center. While I’d like to offer a few musical observations on both concerts, it seems this would be an appropriate setting to discuss how modern orchestras are changing… Read more →

Atlanta Bone Squad

ATL Music Scene: Atlanta Bone Squad

Earlier this month I had the fantastic opportunity to hear the Atlanta Bone Squad at Alpharetta’s innovative performance venue, the Velvet Note.  The vision of eminent jazz trombonist and educator Wes Funderburk, the ensemble of five trombones and rhythm section comprised Tom Gibson, Lee Watts, Richard Sherrington, Decker Babcock, Justin Varnes, Trey Wright and Chris Riggenbach. The Velvet Note markets… Read more →

musicians suffering from depression

Musicians and Depression

Depression is a reality. Many of us or people we know have experienced depression in some form. For people working in the arts, art itself can be a large part of healing and working through difficult circumstances. Unfortunately, work-related depression (i.e. stresses caused not necessarily by the product of artistic output) is often more prevalent in creative people. According to… Read more →

Robert Spano at Bailey Performance center john thomas burson trumpet spectacle brass quintet

When Passion Meets Persistence: This is “World Class”

In the midst of difficult and tense labor negotiations at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Hepner, president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center (the ASO’s parent organization), proceeded to state during a radio interview that “It’s up to anyone to decide what’s world-class and what an orchestra should be.” As a curious music student, I realized I need to… Read more →

LIVE Stream for Recital this Afternoon at 1:55PM

I’m thrilled to be presenting a recital this afternoon with some incredible musicians. Check out the live stream here, beginning at 1:55PM EST. ***Please note you will need to create a Livestream account to view the feed–but this is EASY and FREE! The easiest option is simply to “Login with Facebook.” Thanks for investing your time in great music! Read more →

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