Jon Pemberton is a Minneapolis/St. Paul based jazz musician, enjoying an active career as trumpeter, pianist, teacher and composer. Jon was born in the small town of Fergus Falls, Minnesota where his interest in music was evident at an early age. He began his musical studies with piano lessons at age 6. Guitar lessons followed at age 10, and trumpet studies began at age 11.
In these early years, Jon also sang and acted in local college productions. At the age of 12, Jon’s parents arranged auditions with local university piano professors. So while only in the seventh grade, Jon began traveling 2 hours round trip for weekly one hour piano lessons. During these early years, Jon also continued playing trumpet in the school band. In addition, he formed his first jazz combo with high school friends.
Upon graduating from high school, Jon moved to St. Paul to continue his musical studies at Macalester College. At Macalester, Jon was trumpet soloist and arranger for the Mac Jazz big band and section leader for the Macalester Symphony orchestra. In addition, he was a member of various jazz combos as well as pianist for the Macalester Dance Troupe. Jon graduated from Macalester with a degree in trumpet performance.
After graduating from college, Jon began a career in private teaching (brass and piano) which lasts to this day. He has taught thousands of students, many of whom perform in the area’s top youth orchestras, and some of whom have gone on to their own professional careers. Jon also began his performance career after graduating from college. In these years he focused on the trumpet, landing sideman gigs with many of the area’s top bands and musicians.