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John Von Ohlen

Title: Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Drums

John Von Ohlen studied trombone and piano with Bob Phillips. He was drummer and featured soloist with Stan Kenton Orchestra, Woody Herman Orchestra, Ralph Marterie Orchestra and Billy Maxted Orchestra, touring and recording with each ensemble. He led his own quartet, which recorded for Creative World. He played extended tours with Urbie Green, Holiday on Ice, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney and many others, and was active for four seasons in Broadway pit orchestras.

Beginning in 1976, Von Ohlen led the Blue Wisp Big Band in Cincinnati and recorded five LPs. A member of the Steve Schmidt Trio, he also recorded numerous albums with artists such as Cal Collins, Maxine Sullivan, Keith Jarrett, Carmen McRae, John Clayton, Francy Boland and Benny Carter with the WDR Radio Orchestra and at the Berlin Jazz Festival. He toured Japan and recorded with Mel Torme and Marty Paich Orchestra.


  • , Special studies North Texas State University lab band program, 1960 .