John Linnon Ellis began his career in music at a very early age. At 9 years of age he was already busy playing Guitar for the elderly at local Nursing Homes during the holidays.
By age 13 he made his debut as First Chair Alto Saxophonist for the Honsinger Symphonic Wind Ensemble in Saginaw, MI. As the youngest member of the Orchestra, he was exposed to the highest levels of musicianship and professionalism and soon became a Virtuoso in his own right. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Mr. and Mrs. Honsinger, John was privileged to tour and perform epic Classical music at most of the major Cathedrals throughout Canada, Europe and the United States as well as perform and tour with the Radio City Rockettes.
Before his 17th Birthday(1973), this young musician found himself on stage at the Apollo Theatre, New York, as the Bandleader for James Brown, Edwin Starr, The Brass Byrd Band and Bobby Byrd(The Famous Flames) and receiving several standing ovations. We were so good that night that Smokey Robinson cried.
John teaches private and group instruction for: Saxophones, Flute, Clarinet, Recorder, Guitars, Piano Keyboards, Percussion, Music Theory, Harmony, Sight-Reading, Sight-Singing, Jazz Improvisation, Song Writing, Arranging, Composing, Music Business, Intellectual Property, Music Publishing, and Performance Coaching. Previous teaching posts include: Artist Clinician at Yamaha Band Instruments of America; Director of Woodwind Studies at The Macy Gray Academy of Music , North Hollywood, CA.; Music Instructor at Sierra University, Santa Monica, CA. and Education Manager at The Saturday Conservatory of Music, Pasadena, CA. .
As a consulting MBA, John specializes in empowering Musicians and Independent Recording Artists with his unique combination of street smarts, academic skills and many years of successful experience as a performer and entrepreneur. His reputation as a problem solver is well deserved.
Currently, Mr. Ellis is a Grammy Nominated Music Educator with students at Guitar Center Inc., Music MBA LLC and Heritage Home Conservatory in addition to serving as Board Member at The Saturday Conservatory of Music. Also, John offers Classroom Management Training for University credits and is writing a Music Education book for the Center for Teacher Effectiveness.