Born in North Hollywood California, John Walling began his musical studies at a young age and played through a number of the musical instrument families. First a little violin at Grandma’s, then some piano with Dad, several months of trombone, and flute for a few years. Finally settling on low brass instruments in high school, John attended California State University Northridge and then the University of California at Santa Cruz majoring in Tuba and Trombone performance. John’s skill as a low brass player extends to the classical music world as a founding member of the Portland Brass Quintet. He’s performed with the Santa Cruz Symphony, the Burbank Symphony, and Portland’s Columbia Symphony. He also passes the torch to many students as a private teacher and enjoys working with Portland’s young musician’s instrumental programs. This year he has helped provide music classes with the SUN program in the Portland area public schools. John has performed at the Hollywood Bowl as well as playing string bass with the Coconut Grove Orchestra. In addition to brass playing and teaching music, John works as a freelance bassist with local Jazz, Swing and Latin Bands. Most recently, John is continuing his education degree at Portland State University, where he also directs the Viking Sound Pep Band.