Associate Conductor & Co-Founder

John Owen Davis

Originally from Boyertown, Pennsylvania, John Davis has been a music educator for 25 years, having recently served as a Teacher Peer Evaluator for the Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida, and as Director of Instrumental Music at Riverview High School from 2007-2015 and from 2018-present. His Florida bands and orchestras regularly received Superior ratings at FBA and FOA events, including seven Otto J. Kraushaar Awards, and have twice been selected to perform at Bands of America Regional and National Concert Band Festivals. Three of his programs were selected as Florida Music Demonstration Schools, and his Flanagan HS program was named a Grammy Signature School and winner of the 2002 Grammy Award of Special Merit. His Seminole HS Band has been a Bands of America Regional Medalist, 4-time Regional Finalist, and a Semi-Finalist at the BOA Grand National Championships in addition to being named the 1996 WGI Friendship Cup Class AA National Champion. Under his direction, the Flanagan High School Falcon Sound was a three-time FMBC State Finalist and Class 5A Runner-up. In 2002, Mr. Davis was named Arts Teacher of the Year in Broward County, and the 2010 Riverview HS Teacher of the Year.

John is a past member and brass instructor for the DCI World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and DCI-Finalist Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps. He also served as a performer and guest clinician at multiple schools, as a piano accompanist for many choral ensembles, and in 2015 he co-founded the Tampa Bay Symphonic Winds and Tampa Bay Pride Band. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by academic, community, and professional ensembles nationally and internationally, with the world premiere of his “Brazilian Folk Song Suite” in March 2018 as the Associate Conductor of the Grainger Wind Symphony in Melbourne, Australia.

In 2016, John moved to Melbourne, Australia, where he was in demand as a free-lance trombonist. He also performed with D2 Drumline at events such as the Rugby League World Cup Opening Ceremonies and served as a clinician and Education Coordinator for D2 Percussion in Victorian Schools, at the Australian Drumline Camp, and the Echuca-Moama Camp on the Murray River. As a conductor, Mr. Davis was Music Director for the historic Melbourne Tramways Brass Band and the Percy Grainger Wind Symphony, and a guest conductor for the Monash Concert Band.  He also conducted and taught band, orchestra, drumline, and small group lessons at Sacred Heart Girls’ College in Oakleigh, and the highly acclaimed Blackburn and Eltham High Schools. In his roles at Blackburn and Eltham, he also worked as a mentor teacher-leader at his school locations and in Regional Victorian Schools.

John served as an adjudicator for the Victorian Schools Music Festival and as a clinician for school bands in the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales and was selected to provide lectures and professional development training at local schools, the University of Melbourne, and for the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association. He also volunteered his time on Friday evenings to serve as Director of the Marching Band for Syrian refugee children through the Australian Syrian Charity.

John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University, and graduatedsumma cum laudwith a Master of Wind Conducting from James Madison University in 2005.  In 2017, he completed his Master of Education Management and Leadership degree with High Distinction at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia.

Originally from Boyertown, Pennsylvania, John Davis has been a music educator for 25 years, having recently served as a Teacher Peer Evaluator for the Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida, and as Director of Instrumental Music at Riverview High School from 2007-2015 and from 2018-present. His Florida bands and orchestras regularly received Superior ratings at FBA and FOA events, including seven Otto J. Kraushaar Awards, and have twice been selected to perform at Bands of America Regional and National Concert Band Festivals. Three of his programs were selected as Florida Music Demonstration Schools, and his Flanagan HS program was named a Grammy Signature School and winner of the 2002 Grammy Award of Special Merit. His Seminole HS Band has been a Bands of America Regional Medalist, 4-time Regional Finalist, and a Semi-Finalist at the BOA Grand National Championships in addition to being named the 1996 WGI Friendship Cup Class AA National Champion. Under his direction, the Flanagan High School Falcon Sound was a three-time FMBC State Finalist and Class 5A Runner-up. In 2002, Mr. Davis was named Arts Teacher of the Year in Broward County, and the 2010 Riverview HS Teacher of the Year.

John is a past member and brass instructor for the DCI World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and DCI-Finalist Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps. He also served as a performer and guest clinician at multiple schools, as a piano accompanist for many choral ensembles, and in 2015 he co-founded the Tampa Bay Symphonic Winds and Tampa Bay Pride Band. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by academic, community, and professional ensembles nationally and internationally, with the world premiere of his “Brazilian Folk Song Suite” in March 2018 as the Associate Conductor of the Grainger Wind Symphony in Melbourne, Australia.

In 2016, John moved to Melbourne, Australia, where he was in demand as a free-lance trombonist. He also performed with D2 Drumline at events such as the Rugby League World Cup Opening Ceremonies and served as a clinician and Education Coordinator for D2 Percussion in Victorian Schools, at the Australian Drumline Camp, and the Echuca-Moama Camp on the Murray River. As a conductor, Mr. Davis was Music Director for the historic Melbourne Tramways Brass Band and the Percy Grainger Wind Symphony, and a guest conductor for the Monash Concert Band.  He also conducted and taught band, orchestra, drumline, and small group lessons at Sacred Heart Girls’ College in Oakleigh, and the highly acclaimed Blackburn and Eltham High Schools. In his roles at Blackburn and Eltham, he also worked as a mentor teacher-leader at his school locations and in Regional Victorian Schools.

John served as an adjudicator for the Victorian Schools Music Festival and as a clinician for school bands in the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales and was selected to provide lectures and professional development training at local schools, the University of Melbourne, and for the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association. He also volunteered his time on Friday evenings to serve as Director of the Marching Band for Syrian refugee children through the Australian Syrian Charity.

John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University, and graduatedsumma cum laudwith a Master of Wind Conducting from James Madison University in 2005.  In 2017, he completed his Master of Education Management and Leadership degree with High Distinction at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia.