John is the founder and trumpet virtuoso of The Bavarian Hofbrau Orkestra, the polka/oktoberfest band that is offered by Swing Street.
Dr. John Entzi is the Trumpet professor at Mars Hill University and the conductor of the Mars Hill University Jazz Ensemble.
John received his B.M.E. degree in 1974 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, his M.A. in 1978 from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and his D.M.A. in 1998 in trumpet performance from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.
Dr. John has toured and performed extensively throughout the Southeast, where he
performed with Holiday on Ice, Disney
on Parade, the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, the Henry Busse Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Guy Lombardo, Vaughn Monroe, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Atlantic Jazz Orchestra, When Swing Was King, Nelson Riddle Orchestra and the U.S. Air Jazz Orchestra.
has performed with such luminaries as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Nancy Wilson, The Four Tops, The Spinners, The Temptations, Anita Bryant, Martha Raye, Bernadette Peters, Johnnie Ray and the Gladys Knight and the Pips.
Dr. Entzi has also performed with the Saint Joseph Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Greensboro Symphony and the South Carolina Philharmonic, and is a charter member of the Charlotte Repertory Orchestra.
John Entzi is an active member of the National Band Association, the National Association of Jazz Educators, Music Educators National Conference, International Trumpet Guild and the College Band Directors National Conference.
He is also a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity.
decades of touring and performing extensively throughout the Southeast, John
comes from a musical family.
mother was a musician in her
high school band, and his
maternal grandfather played cornet in the Morganton Band and E-flat tuba in the United States Army Band in France, during WWI.
paternal grandfather also played trumpet in a local band in Youngstown, Ohio.
wife, Karen, in the orchestra at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
She currently teaches music for their own studio in Asheville and is a member of the Brevard and Hendersonville Orchestras.