John P. La Barbera was born to a musical family in Mount Morris, New York. His father as a boy emigrated with his mother and two brothers from Sicily. John’s father, Giuseppe fell in love with the euphonium horn, but throughout his life, he learned many other instruments and taught them not only to his sons but also to many in his community.
John started playing cornet when he was five years old. At the age of seven, he was performing with his parents and brothers Pat, and Joe in the La Barbera Family Band. He is a Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Louisville’s School of Music, having moved to Louisville in 1991. During his tenure, he implemented and taught courses in Composition & Arranging, TV & Film Scoring, and Music Industry. He is a Grammy® nominated composer/arranger whose writing spans many styles and genres. He is also active as a clinician and lecturer in colleges and high schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is a two-time recipient of The National Endowment for The Arts Award for Jazz Composition and has served as a panelist for the NEA in the music category.
Please join us on May 18th at the Hyatt Regency for the 2017 Mosaic Awards a dinner event recognizing new or first-generation immigrants and refugees who are making a significant contribution to their profession and our local and global community. Mr. La Barbera and the other honorees will receive the MOSAIC Award, which symbolizes Multicultural Opportunities for Success and Achievement In our Community. For more information visit: www.jfcslouisville.org/mosaic-awards