Our Conductors: John Skelton
His high school bands earned several state championships and represented Oregon in Washington DC, at the National Concert Band Festival in Chicago, at the International Youth Music Festival in Vienna, Austria and on performance tours in Canada, Europe, and Japan. He is a staff member with the Oregon Ambassadors of Music, which have taken thousands of Oregon students on performance tours of Europe.
He recently retired from the Oregon Army National Guard after more than thirty-seven years of service. He had served as First Sergeant, euphonium soloist, leader of the brass quintet, drum major and conductor of the 234th Army Band in Portland, Oregon. John has served in a variety of advisory and leadership positions in the Oregon arts community. He was manager of the OMEA/OSAA State Solo Contest for four years, and served as President of the Oregon Music Educators Association. He lives in West Salem with his wife, Toni.