John C. Harmon is a 1957 cum laude composition major from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. His distinguished career as a composer has encompassed many exciting styles. Few composers have explored as many musical directions with such passion as Mr. Harmon. The gift of his compositions covers a broad spectrum of performing media including songs, chamber music, jazz, orchestra, band, chorus, sacred music, solo piano and music for children. The titles and content of many of his compositions reflect Mr. Harmon's deep interest in environmental issues and Native American folklore. An easy-going and very spiritual man, John Harmon reveres all forms of life as sacred, an attitude which is evidenced in the beauty of his art form. In addition to composition, John Harmon is active as a keyboard performer, teacher and poet. He initiated the Jazz Studies program at the Lawrence Conservatory and founded the critically acclaimed jazz nonet, Matrix, which toured and recorded extensively throughout the 1970s. Known as 'Wisconsin's Gentle Poet of Jazz,' he is highly regarded for his sensitive nature and is held in high regard by people of all ages who have experienced his keyboard stylings.
Works for Winds
- Father's Dream, A
- Graduation Day
- Heroic Overture
- I Am the Glad Earth
- Peace is the River Gently Flowing
- Trilogy for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble