John McVey

John L. McVey  - Tenor/Bass Trombone

John is a free-lance trombonist in the metro Maryland/DC area and first played with the Crabtowne Big Band as a substitute Bass trombonist in September 1997. He now plays all books when called upon.

In addition to performing with the Crabtowne Big Band, John maintains a busy schedule, performing regularly with the Bayside Big Band at Bamboo Bernies in Pasadena, MD. and the Rockville Dixie Rascals. He has also performed with the Don Junker Big Band, the Hank Levy Reunion Big Band, The Baltimore Big Band ( aka The Chuck Funn Orchestra), Them Eastport Oyster Boys, the Rockville Concert Band, the Columbia Concert Band, the Columbia Jazz Ensemble, the Village Jazz Band in Gaithersburg, A Band For All Seasons in Laurel, and the Browningsville Cornet Band.  John's other credits include recording sessions with Crabtowne, the Dixie Rascals, the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Odenton MD, and for the musical productions of Lil' Abner, Big River, Me and My Gal, Annie, and Funny Girl at the Chesapeake Music Hall Dinner Theater in Annapolis, Md.  

"Pay me or feed me and I'll play anywhere"

John plays a 1965 King 2B for all jazz and small combo work, a Bach 42K in the concert band, and a Bach 50B2O bass trombone.

John attended Mississippi State University from 1969-71, majoring first in Agricultural Engineering and then Music Education.  After joining the Navy to see the world in 1971, he made it a career and retired in January 1993 after 22 years as a Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical). To actually make a living now and pay for his music habit, John works as an Information Systems Analyst at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington.  He provides desktop computer support, Help Desk Management, network administration support, Lotus Notes Support, SQL Server support, and Intranet web administration.  John also does internet web development as a hobby and maintains several websites for the organizations with which he is involved. Please visit the gateway to John's personal websites at

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