John Billington is a composer / soloist / producer / instructor and sole proprietor of the Bach to Bebop music school in the Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Fuquay Varina, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Raleigh, NC area. He is a teacher of flute, saxophone, clarinet, and electronic wind instrument. He has previously served as an All County saxophone judge for middle school students and as a 2009 RAFA(Raleigh Area Flute Association) Solofest judge. He was hired as the Jazz Band elective conductor for Green Hope High School under Dr. Beamish and conducted the GHHS jazz band at Artsplosure in 2007. He also worked with the saxophone Wind Ensemble at Athens Drive High School under Dr. Jerry Markoch in 2007. John is a member of ASCAP with over 30 original compositions. He is a member of RAFA (Raleigh Area Flute Association) and has studied performance flute with the former second flute of the Chicago Symphony and Dr. Robert Billington (DMA University of Miami). Recently he has attended master classes with Dr. Stephen Preston at Wildacres. John has also given presentations to local corporations (e.g. Glaxo) on "Music &The Relaxation Response" to help educate employees on using certain music as stress relief. He has independently produced two CDs, Tolisha & Project Bluebook. He has performed over the years in many local venues including ANS Restaurant, Tournament Players Club at Wakefield Plantation, Governors Club, North Carolina Country Club, Pour House, Irregardless Café, JAYZZ, Dorton Arena, Lake Wheeler Concert Program, and numerous private parties and restaurants.
OUTSTANDING STUDENT SUCCESS !!! -John is the father of two children and enjoys working with beginners as well as advanced students. His students have achieved recognition as winners in the middle school all county concert and symphonic band competitions, in middle school all district concert and symphonic bands, in middle school all state honor bands, and in high school All District and All State bands. In 2003 -2004 and 2006-2007 two of the top four alto saxophone positions in the All District middle school symphonic band were Mr. Billington’s students. In 2004 -2005 three of the top ten flute positions in the All District symphonic band were his students. One of his middle school students made All State for the 2005-2006 and 2006 - 2007 seasons on tenor and alto sax respectively. In 2007 -2008 his students included a high school freshman All State alto sax symphonic and All State jazz band winner, a high school senior All District Band winner, two middle school 7 th graders who took the top two symphonic band tenor sax positions at All District, and a RAFA flute division winner . In 2008-2009 his students included a high school sophomore 1st chair All State alto sax symphonic band winner who scored the highest score of any instrument in the competition,, a high school senior All District Band saxophone winner, a 8th grade middle school student who took 1st chair All State tenor sax and had the highest score of any instrument in the competition, another middle school student who took 1st place Concert Band All District on Tenor Sax, and a 6th and 8th grade clarinet players who made All District and the Triangle Youth Orchestra. In 2009-2010 his students included a high school freshman 1st chair All State tenor sax winner , a high school junior All District Band alto saxophone winner and UNCG Honors Band 1st chair alto sax, a 7th grade middle school student who took 3rd chair All State bass clarinet and All District symphonic band bass and bb clarinet, , and two middle school flute students who made Concert Band All District. His high school students have been accepted in music programs at Belmont University, UNC Greensboro, UNCW, ECU, Berklee School of Music, and University of NC School of the Arts (2009 Fall semester).