Conductors

John Monachan began his musical career with the Sea Cadets in the summer of 1969 when he attended his first band camp and found his love for music. In 1971 he joined the Navy Reserve band and spent 6 years playing euphonium and attained the rank of Petty Officer. John transferred to the regular military in 1977 and in 1979 was posted to the National Air Force Band where he played euphonium and trombone. As the State band this group performed for Kings, Queens, Presidents and Heads of States from many countries as well as traveling internationally as the nation’s musical ambassadors. In 1990 John was selected to take over a very busy NATO base band in Germany where he conducted and performed 120 engagements per year for both the military and the local German community. In 1992 he returned home and his position at the Air Force Band where he was the principal euphonium for the band. On his retirement from the military in June of 2010, at the rank of Warrant Officer, he also held the position of public relations officer for the band. After a short time away from music John increasingly became more involved with community musical groups where he could use his talents to enhance the performance results. As well as being principal conductor and performing with the new Southwest Florida Concert Band, he is the summer conductor of the Belleville Concert Band and he performs on trombone and euphonium with several local community bands and small groups.