I am a public elementary school music teacher in Indianapolis. I also direct the children's choirs at our church. I love to play piano. I play solo piano jobs around town, and also lead a jazz trio (piano, bass, drums). I was born in 1959.
I got GarageBand in the summer of 2004, when I upgraded from my trusty indigo G3 500 mhz iMac to a 1.25 ghz eMac. The eMac is not the sexiest machine Apple makes, but it sure can do a lot. I've used many different kinds of sequencers over the years (Cubasis, Yamaha XGWorks, Digital Performer), but GB is by far the most fun.
My first Mac was a 1998 PowerPC 5500/225 all-in-one computer, designed for the education market. A lot like the the iMac -- CD drive and floppy drive (and all other computer guts) in same housing as monitor.
I have had a couple of choral pieces for children's choirs published. One was published as an octavo by Hal Leonard Publishing, and the other was published as part of anthology by LifeWay. That was about five years ago. Feeling the flush of publishing success, I sent off many other pieces in the next year or two, only to meet with polite rejection letters. After a couple of years, I stopped trying. I had visions of retiring from teaching to concentrate on getting my compositions published, but it was not to be, at least not now. Maybe someday I'll dive in again and send off some more stuff. In the meantime, producing my own jazz piano CD has been an excellent "alternate outlet" for my creative urges.
Since 1991, I have been a piano judge for the Indiana State School Music Association's yearly auditions. That has been a great experience. My hand gets tired from writing by the end of the day, but it's worth it for the kids' sakes. I try to be as positive as I can be in my comments, even when a student has a bad case of the nerves. And this judging experience has allowed me to reconnect with people that I went to music school with at Ball State many years ago (1978-82).
My wife is also an elementary music teacher in Indianapolis. We have three kids, ages 13, 17, and 19.
My 2010 jazz piano CD, "Beethoven Jazz, And More!" is now on the iTunes store
You can also download "Beethoven Jazz, And More!" from CDBaby
My 2008 'real' physical CD is for sale at CDBaby
. 79 minutes of music. It's called "Jazz Meets Classical."
You can download "Jazz Meets Classical" on the iTunes store
If you're looking for my 2005 jazz piano CD, "Jazzin' It Up!,", it's on the iTunes Music Store here
You can buy my 2005 jazz piano CD on CDBaby
Visit my jazz piano website: www.johnstebbe.com
And you can find me on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/john.stebbe