A three year veteran of the Sam Ash Family, John Wheeldon hails from Marlton, New Jersey and currently lives in Atco, New Jersey. His favorite styles of music are Folk Rock, Classical, and Period.
What Artist/Moment Inspired You To Pursue Music?
When I was in 4th grade I was diagnosed with severe depression. Playing music helped give me an outlet to confront and work through my mental health issues. The summer before going into high school I was talking with my grandfather and he asked me a question I hadn’t been asked yet: what did I want to do with my life. I told him honestly that playing music was fun, so I wanted to keep doing that. He died a few months later, but the last words he said to me were “You’ve gotta have fun”. That pretty much sealed the deal for me to pursue music and keep having fun.
Tell Us About Your Musical Background.
French horn major at both Rutgers and Rowan Universities. For modern classical music I’ve performed with America Music Abroad (touring through Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, and France), Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, Wind Symphony of Southern New Jersey, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and the RoWinds Quintet. On period instruments I have performed with Rowan’s Collegium Musicum and the Boston Early Music Festival. In folk and folk rock I have performed the renaissance faire circuit with Pieces of 8 and Knaves of Whyts End, as well as the steampunk scene with Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings.
Describe What is Unique About you Musically.
I play 30 different instruments from around the world including but not limited to french horn, trumpet, natural horn, trompe de chasse, alto horn, krumhorn, pennywhistle, recorder, cornetto, shakuhachi, quena, hulusi, and achipiquon. All winds, but I have difficulty with string instruments and keyboards.
How Are You Involved With Your Local Music Scene?
I still sit in on occasion with the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey. I also perform with Pieces of 8 and Knaves from time to time when available.
What Are Your Personal Goals as A Musician?
My primary goal is to become a more fluent amateur organologist by studying and performing on as many different instruments as possible. By doing that, I hope to teach others to have a passion on whatever instrument(s) they choose to study.
Tell Us About Your Latest Projects.
Currently I am between projects. However, I am attempting to start a new folk rock group that would allow me to perform on many of the more unusual instruments currently under my belt.
You can catch John at our Cherry Hill, New Jersey location!