John Auker, began studying music at the age of ten. Starting with violin and moving to guitar two years later. Early on he developed a love for the Beatles listening to Past Masters Volume 1 and Sgt. Pepper on a daily basis. With the music of the “Fab Four” acting as a spring board, he developed his passion for music through his teens, playing guitar for church, the high school jazz band, and indoor drumline.
John studied under the direction of Stan Smith and Karl Wohlwend at the Capital University Conservatory of Music. Before graduating with a B.M. in Jazz Studies/Contemporary Guitar performance in 2005, he received outstanding recognition from the Elmhurst Jazz Festival for his performance with the Capital University Big Band. He maintains a full teaching schedule in Columbus, OH and surrounding areas, offering private guitar instruction at Colonial Music & Arts Center in Worthington, OH, and the Guitar House Workshop in Upper Arlington, OH.
John auditioned for the role of George Harrison in Hard Day’s Night in the summer of 2009, and was quickly brought on board to play his debut show in November that year. In addition to his role as George in Hard Day’s Night, John performs regularly in the Columbus area with Anderson Cale, the Miss Molly Band and Russell Boiarsky. He also plays consistently at Vineyard Church of Columbus, the largest Vineyard Church in the world. He has previously played with Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, Stan Smith, Steve Houghton, and two-time Grammy nominated singer, Sarah Kelly.