After Studies at Illinois Wesleyan University and Roosevelt University. Mr. McGahan found himself the chief arranger for both the Deja Vu Big Band and the Ron Smolen Orchestra. Since 1986, Jon has been actively composing, arranging and playing Trumpet, Trombone and Euphonium for these groups, as well as the Revolutionary Swing Orchestra and the Sicilian Band of Chicago and other Jazz and Concert bands in the Chicago area, including his own group,the Stardust Big Band.
Outstanding Arranger- Elmhurst Jazz Festival 1984
Outstanding Arranger- Notre Dame Jazz Festival 1984
Louis Armstrong Award (lifetime achievement)- Chicago Park District, 2011
B&S Challenger II Trumpet
King 2B Trombone
King 2B Liberty Valve Trombone
Stork and Marcinkowicz Mouthpieces
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