A native of Chicago Illinois, John Ellis has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He holds the degree of Doctor of Music from Arizona State University. A versatile performer and educator, Dr. Ellis has appeared with a variety of musical organizations and artists, including the Canadian Brass, the Moody Blues, Calgary Philharmonic, Les Violons du Roy, Chris Botti, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, as well as Grammy Award winners David Clayton-Thomas, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett and Anne Murray. He performs frequently with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada and has been heard internationally on broadcasts by the CBC and PBS.

He has presented clinics and recitals at prestigious institutions and festivals throughout the world, including The Juilliard School, Cincinnati Conservatory, Summit Brass, the Banff Festival, and the 2005 International Trumpet Guild Festival in Bangkok Thailand. He performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles with Les Violons du Roy for their 25th-anniversary tour in December 2009.

Former Principal Trumpet of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra for thirteen years, he is currently the Principal trumpet of the Orchestra of Northern New York and a member of the Potsdam Brass Quintet, Dr. Ellis holds the position of Professor of Music at The Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam.

John Ellis is an Edwards performing artist


John Ellis’ playing elicits memories of the ‘bel canto’ style of the past. One remembers his beautiful singing trumpet sound long after the performance has ended!
— Douglas Sturdevant, former Principal Trumpet, The National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada

John plays an Edwards X13 B-flat