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This monthly music program on the evening of Monday, April 17 features John Roberts on trombone and his ensemble starting at 7pm in the Community Room.

Roberts began playing the piano at age 5 while living on an isolated ranch in Southeastern Montana. At age 11, he picked up the trombone to play in the grade school band. After graduating in 1996 from Montana State University-Billings with a BA in Music Performance, John moved to Los Angeles to earn his Master of Fine Arts in Western Orchestral Trombone Performance from California Institute of the Arts.

Feeling equally comfortable in orchestral and commercial music realms, John has been touring, recording, and performing around the world, including Mexico, India, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, Australia and Africa.

After 16 years in Los Angeles, John is currently on staff in Montana at MSU Billings as a Jazz, Music Theory, Low Brass and World Music instructor. He also maintains a private studio and regularly works and performs as a clinician and guest artist in schools, continuing to hone his skills as an educator by sharing the "real world" of music with his students.

John is active in the Montana and Los Angeles performing and studio scenes as an arranger, bandleader, session player and composer. He played here last summer with his band Y Pan Blanco on the front lawn.

Exploring the Arts is sponsored by the Library Foundation. To submit a proposal for music events at the Library, please visit and follow links under "What's Happening." Call 582-2425 for more information.

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