Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, John McAllister has been a freelance musician in the Chicago area for more than 20 years, performing on a variety of different instruments in a variety of ensembles and musical styles. In addition to being a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta, Mr. McAllister is also currently a member of the Millar Brass Ensemble, the Light Opera Works Orchestra, and the Jazz Community Big Band.
His rich orchestral life has led him to perform with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Grant Park Symphony, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, Chicago Opera Theatre, and numerous other area orchestras. As a soloist, he has performed locally with the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. McAllister has been highly active in the musical theater world, performing at venues such as the Oriental Theater, Chicago Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. He has also played with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Chicago Jazz Orchestra and other jazz ensembles.
In addition to the bass trombone, Mr. McAllister plays tenor and alto trombone, sackbut, euphonium, and tuba. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and a Master of Music in Trombone Performance from Northwestern University.