John G. Maione has been a prominent guitarist and composer, musician and teacher, in the Pittsburgh area for over 40 years. Since his first lessons at the age of six, John’s passion for guitar and for music shaped his life.
As a full-time music teacher at the prestigious Winchester-Thurston school, a private K-12 institution in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh, John is Director of the Upper School Jazz Band, the US and Middle School Orchestras, the Commencement Orchestra, the Spring Musical “Pit” Orchestra, and the US Guitar Ensemble. He teaches US Music Appreciation, Songwriting, both Jazz and Rock and Roll History, Theory, and Technology (MIDI), courses which he created and established. John also acts as Coordinator of the WT Private Music Instruction Program, and has forged a nationally-recognized educational and performance partnership with the prestigious, Grammy Award-winning jazz institution, the Manchester Craftsmans Guild, Marty Ashby, Executive Director.
John has been an adjunct jazz guitar instructor at the University of Pittsburgh since 1981, and is a guest clinician at the annual Duquesne University Summer Guitar and Bass Workshop. His instructional book, Jazz Chords For Rock Guitarists, has been published by Mel Bay. He has released 4 CDs of mostly original material, and performs extensively in the Pittsburgh area as a guitar soloist, in band settings, in the orchestra pit for stage productions, and for national acts.
John’s recent recording, The Kind of Gray Project, was celebrated with a CD release performance and reception at the Manchester Craftsmans Guild. Featuring 12 original contemporary jazz compositions in various styles, plus 2 Beatle covers, and performed by 5 of Pittsburgh’s elite musicians, it has proven to be a worthy follow-up to his critically-acclaimed 1st jazz CD, Midlife Blessings.
John performs with a BRAVO model.