John Ericson

John Ericson
One of the most visible hornists today, John Ericson has wide-ranging experience as an orchestral player, soloist, and teacher. Co-founder of the online magazine Horn Matters, Ericson began his professional career with serving for six seasons as Third Horn in the Nashville Symphony. From there, he turned to full time teaching; first at the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam) where he launched one of the first large horn websites Horn Articles Online. Since 2001 he has served on the faculty at Arizona State University, where he is Brass Area Coordinator. He has also performed as an extra on horn and Wagner tuba with groups including the Indianapolis Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic.

His three solo CDs on the Summit label received critical acclaim: The Horn Call hailed Les Adeiux for “Fantastic playing…. The level of musicality, nuance and artistry is not to be missed” and called Canto a “Terrific collaboration between horn and piano.” Table for Three, also on the Summit label, a collection of trios for horn, bass trombone, and tuba with colleagues Douglas Yeo and Deanna Swoboda, was released in 2015. Excerpts from all three of these CDs may be found on this YouTube Channel. His most recent recording project is Rescued!, a collection of forgotten solo works performed on the 19th-century F horn. In addition, Ericson has made recordings with The Potsdam Brass Quintet and The Nashville Symphony, performed on the Grammy Award nominated Fourth World of Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, and was a frequent recording artist in the studios in Nashville.

Besides teaching at Arizona State University, in recent years Ericson has served on the summer faculties of the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Brevard Music Center, where he has worked with hundreds of talented horn students from around the world. His publications are a reflection of his teaching. With his additional strong interest in all instruments of the middle brass, Ericson has print and online publications on topics as diverse as the mellophone and the Wagner tuba.

Horn Notes Edition

Founded in 2007, Horn Notes Edition is dedicated to the publication of new resources for the French horn and more. Publications currently available from John Ericson in print and Kindle versions include the following:

Introducing the Horn: Essentials for New Hornists and Their Teachers, third edition.

The Low Horn Boot Camp, second edition.

Orchestra 101

Playing Descant and Triple Horns: An Introduction to the use of Descant and Triple Horns, second edition.

Playing Natural Horn Today: An Introductory Guide and Method for the Modern Natural Hornist, second edition.

Playing the Wagner Tuba: A Handbook for Hornists, second edition.

A Mello Catechism: A Guide to the World of Mellophones and Marching Horns, third edition.

In addition to these publications, Ericson also edited the popular Brass Gym for horn. His books and recordings are further described at, and also check his Author Page at

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