John Grodrian

John Grodrian

Adjunct Instructor of Music



John Grodrian is the trombone professor at Valparaiso University. An avid performer in the Chicagoland area, previously, he toured across the United States and Canada with the Broadway productions of 42nd Street, West Side Story, Disney’s Mary Poppins, and Legally Blonde: The Musical. As an orchestral trombonist, he is the second trombonist with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra and has performed across the Midwest with groups including the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Layfayette Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky among others. His discography includes Tromboteam!’s debut album Last Lap, Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble’s Flourishes, Tales and Symphonies, Mirari Brass Quintet’s Spires, and Dave Lisik Jazz Orchestra’s Coming Through Slaughter. John was honored to perform as a guest artist at both the 2014 International Trombone Festival and the 2014 American Trombone Workshop.

Committed to music education, Mr. Grodrian is a founding faculty member of the annual “Summer Slides Trombone Camp” which will be at two locations (Hattiesburg, MS, and Boise, ID) in 2017. He is on the Merit School of Music substitute teacher list and has served on faculty for their Summer Trombone Camp on occasion. He has presented master classes and performed as a guest artist at numerous colleges and universities across the country.

John holds a Master of Music Degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he served as Graduate Assistant, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Tennessee Technological University. He has studied extensively with Peter Ellefson, Susan K. Smith, Joshua Hauser, and Tim Coffman. When not performing or teaching, you can often spot John walking the streets of Valparaiso with his wife, Ericka, and their giant standard poodle Dexter, who resembles a small horse.