J.c. Sherman has been called a “Jack of all Brass.”
As a concert soloist, J.c. has traveled nationally and internationally with his tuba. Regionally, Sherman has performed with every major ensemble in Northeast and North Central Ohio on a full cornucopia of brass instruments. In addition, he performs on his serpent, ophicleide, natural horn, and other antique instruments throughout the region and nationally. J.c. Sherman is currently Principal Tubist of the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, acting Bass Trombonist of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, and instructor of Low Brass at Cleveland State University.
J.c. formerly was Principal Tuba of the Cleveland Opera and the Lakeside Symphony Orchestras. Conducting the Viking Tuba‐Trombone‐Euphonium Consort (VTTEC), Sherman hosts “Cleveland Tuba‐Euphonium Day” and “NOT-Tuba-Xmas” annually. He performs regularly with the Cleveland POPS and celebrated his 24th season with the Blossom Festival Band last July. As a chamber performer, he’s a founding member of Diamond Brass, Firelands Symphony Brass, the NEOTuba Quartet, and Olympic Brass and the Cleveland Trombone Collective. A veteran entertainer from SeaWorld of Ohio, he delights in early jazz, performing with The Night Owls, Earlville Jazz Band, The Hot Jazz 7, and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. He’s recorded as instrumentalist and soloist with LudwigMasters Band and Orchestra, Blossom Festival Band, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, NEOTUBA, Cleveland Symphonic Winds, and the Heritage Brass Quintet.
As an artisan, Sherman builds, repairs, and restores antique brass instruments and mouthpieces for clients worldwide, while also introducing artists and audiences to his weird and wonderful collection of unusual and historic instruments.
J.c. studied with Ronald T. Bishop (Cleveland Orchestra) and Raymond Premru (Phillip Jones Brass & London Philharmonia) at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and with Dr. James Albrecht at the University of Akron. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Education from the Oberlin Conservatory, and has studied wind conducting extensively, winning the Oberlin Symphonic Band Conducting Prize (1993) and conducting the Commencement Band. Sherman coaches the brass of Madison High School, Riverside High School, Cleveland Heights High School, and serves as Assistant Marching Director for Shaker Heights High School. He studied conducting with Dr. John Knight, Howard Meeker, Galen Karriker, and Carl Topilow.
In addition, J.c. Sherman is a composer and arranger; his Service Dogs March and many low‐brass arrangements are published through LudwigMasters Publications. Currently, the Cleveland POPS has over twenty five of his arrangements in their catalogue, and local bands and brass ensembles have dozens of unpublished works regularly performed.