John Hall

Section Bass

John Hall is Director of Orchestras at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He is also bass faculty at the Orchestra Iowa school and bass instructor for Coe College. Prior to joining Orchestra Iowa John was a member of the Memphis Symphony.


Cedar Rapids, IA

Year Joined Orchestra Iowa:


Education & Teachers:

M.M. in Double Bass Performance, University of Georgia, 1994
D.M.A. (A.B.D.) Bass Performance, University of Memphis, 1997

Milton Masciadri and John Chiego

Favorite Symphonic Piece:

Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Favorite Memory With Orchestra Iowa:

Mahler 2nd Symphony performance in 2014 at the Paramount.

How did you start playing your instrument?

I began on violin in the fourth grade. I got an electric bass for Christmas when I was in the sixth grade and started trying to play the upright bass in high school (There was no orchestra at my school, but there was an old bass in the instrument room my band teacher let me play and learn on)

Who are your musical inspirations?

Jack Bruce, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Holland, Gary Karr, Edgar Meyer, Francois Rabbath, Jaco Pastorious, all of my teachers and bass colleagues, J. S. Bach.

If you weren’t a professional musician, what career would you have?

I have always been fascinated with the weather, so I may have become a Meteorologist.

List three things always found in your refrigerator:

Cheese, Orange Juice, Tabasco

Who would play you in a movie?

Dustin Hoffman (Graduate/Little Big Man era)