Following graduation, John moved to Springfield, IL to teach private guitar lessons. He is also a part-time faculty member in the guitar department at Millikin University. In addition to teaching, John tours with The Micah Walk Band. The group has recorded two full-length albums: Bright Side Fantasy in 2008 and Change in 2006.
While in college, John was privileged to travel to the Dominican Republic with the Jazz Band and One Voice and sit first chair in the primary Guitar Ensemble. John also composed, arranged, and managed booking for an independent 9-piece fusion group called Public Display of Funk until they disbanded in 2005. John currently resides in Nashville where he is completing his MM degree and playing professionally.