Meet Hunter Johns

Meet Hunter Johns from the class of 2016. As a guitarist, there are fewer opportunities to play your instrument in school ensembles. Despite that obstacle, Hunter carved out a place for himself in the High School Jazz Band. Hunter said, “Playing in the High School’s Jazz Ensemble pulled me back into practicing and study, and I’ve been building on that experience through Hampshire College’s music program.”

While guitar is his primary instrument, Hunter began his musical journey by playing violin. Although the violin is safely packed away (for the moment), Hunter had strong connections from that early experience to where he is now. “I owe quite a bit of my musical thinking to my childhood violin teacher Tania Susi. Even though I’ve forgotten the specifics of our lessons, I often feel the way I play the guitar now is a direct development of how I played when I studied with Tania.” In terms of his college classwork, Hunter feels that, “I think I apply what I’ve learned about musical composition to my creative writing all the time, and vice versa.”

Hunter will be playing his version of Duke Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood” – the tune that really drew him into exploring jazz. Hunter says that, “I love this tune, especially the version that Duke did with John Coltrane.”

Join us on Saturday, June 17th at 7:30 PM at Saratoga Springs High School’s Loewenberg Auditorium for our student assistance fund benefit concert. There will be over twenty alumni acts performing that evening. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Adults are $10 and seniors/students are $5. A family pack is available for $25 – so bring the whole clan.

All proceeds will go to the Friends of Music Saratoga Springs Student Assistance Fund.

Friends of Music is a 501(c)3 organization.