John Richard Stanmeyer III is a jazz musician who started on the trumpet at the age of nine. Now twenty, he has been mentored by internationally acclaimed trumpet players such as Billy Buss and Yale School of Music professor Allan Dean. Since the age of twelve, he began performing as a sideman and leading jazz bands in local clubs, restaurants, and major venues throughout the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Some of those locations include the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, the Colonial Theatre, The Dream Away Lodge, and the historic Red Lion Inn. By the age of fourteen he delved into classical music and was accepted into the esteemed Boston University Tanglewood Institute summer program. There, he worked closely with internationally renowned soloist Terry Everson and performed in numerous recital halls throughout the Tanglewood festival grounds.
In 2015, he attended New England Conservatory’s Jazz Lab workshop and the following year, he enrolled in NEC’s College Prep Program. Richard then auditioned for the NEC Youth Jazz Orchestra in 2016, which he performed as lead trumpet for the 2016-18 seasons. Under the direction of Bob Nieske, they held numerous concerts at Jordan Hall, with some performances under the direction of Ken Schaphorst as well. He graduated in 2018 with high honors and received the Jazz Department Award for his work in the program.
In high school, he also performed with the Massachusetts Western District Jazz Band at UMASS Amherst’s Fine Arts Center as lead trumpet from sophomore to senior year. In his junior and senior years, he performed in the Massachusetts All-State Jazz Band under the direction of Ronald Carter (saxophonist) and later Darcy James Argue. With this ensemble, he performed two consecutive years at Symphony Hall and Newport Jazz Festival, and this past year was the featured soloist for the set at both venues.
Upon being accepted to Berklee College of Music on scholarship and with a grant from the Presidential Scholarship Committee in December of 2017, he has performed at Wally’s Jazz Café, the Middle East, The Lilypad, and numerous venues at Berklee and the greater Boston area. He has also had the chance to study with Tia Fuller, Jason Palmer, Charles Lewis, Jeff Stout, and many others.
In September of 2019, he joined the horn section of international touring artist Nahko Bear and his group Nahko and Medicine for the People for their show at The House of Blues in Boston. Earlier that summer, Richard also had the chance to tour with The Beantown Swing Orchestra, performing as split-lead trumpet for performances throughout Boston and New Hampshire.
Richard is majoring in Music Business Marketing and upon completing his studies, he plans to move to London to work as a freelance and session musician.