John Seaton serves as the Associate Director of Bands at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, conducting the Wind Symphony, co-conducting the Symphony Orchestra, and teaching Woodwind Techniques, and Music Theory. As a saxophonist, he has performed multiple times as a substitute with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and has performed concerti as a soloist with both the Wright State University Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, and the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he has given recitals across the United States and on the international stage, including performances at multiple North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Conferences, the U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) State Conference, the Blue Wisp Jazz Club, and both a solo and quartet recital of world premieres at the 2012 World Saxophone Congress XVI in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Consistently in demand as a guest clinician and private instructor, Seaton has previously taught applied saxophone lessons for the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, districtwide clinics for the Clark County School District, and high schools across the United States. Students under his instruction have been accepted into the saxophone studios at the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Youngstown State University, Wright State University, the Interlochen Saxophone Institute, and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. An avid writer, he has been published multiple times by The Instrumentalist magazine with articles including “Adjusting Saxophone Fingerings” and “The Art of Teaching Saxophone: An Interview with Timothy McAllister.”
Outside of the classroom, Seaton serves as the Associate Conductor and Principal Saxophonist of The Desert Winds: A Contemporary Wind Ensemble, which recently traveled to perform at The Midwest Clinic in 2016. The organization features a roster of performers that include many local music educators, students and freelance musicians. Since its debut, the Desert Winds has reached thousands of people through both inspiring performances and educational programs.
Seaton holds an M.M. in Saxophone Performance with Program Honors from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University and a B.M. in Music Education, summa cum laude, from the Wright State University School of Music. His primary teachers include Timothy McAllister and Shelley Jagow.
In addition to performing on Selmer Paris Saxophone's exclusively, Seaton is also a D'Addario Woodwinds Artist-Clinician.