Dr. John Entzi, Adjunct Music Faculty in Trumpet and Jazz studies at Mars Hill College, is the seventh conductor of the Smoky Mountain Brass Band (SMBB).
Dr. Entzi 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.
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 and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras, 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, 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.
Dr. Entzi is an active member of the National Band Association, the International 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.
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.
At the same time, on another continent, his
paternal grandfather was playing cornet in the Austro-Hungarian Army Band.
wife, Karen, in the orchestra at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
and Karen are founders of Lyric Arts Entertainment