Jon Lampley Music

About Jon

American multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Jon Lampley realized his love of music from a very young age. At 4 years old when he first felt the keys of a piano, it was clear that one day Jon would be sharing his music with the world. You could say that music runs in his blood—many members of his family are talented musicians, and Jon grew up listening to them play gospel music in church on Sunday mornings.

By the age of 12, this Tallmadge, Ohio native began to hone his musical abilities on the unlikely combination of trumpet and sousaphone, developing his tuba skills in school ensembles while continuing to perfect his trumpet-playing in church.

Jon majored Jazz Studies at The Ohio State University, where one of his major commitments was to The Ohio State University Marching Band, in which he played the sousaphone.  In 2011, Jon had the honor of dotting the “i” during Script Ohio (considered the “greatest tradition in College Football history” by Sports Illustrated) at three different football games, including Ohio State’s last home game of the season.

Outside of the band, Jon continued to develop himself as a musician, studying with world class trumpet player/ composer/ arranger Kenyatta Beasley ( Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z, Prince, Shakira, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and many more). In his playing, it is easy to hear the inspirations that have shaped Jon’s musical experience: his gospel church influence as well as the deep tradition that comes from studying the art of jazz music.

Jon is currently based out of Brooklyn, New York and performs/records/tours with different groups as well as working as a freelance musician/arranger/composer. He is a founding member of Huntertones, an instrumental group based in Brooklyn, New York. He is also the touring trumpet/sousaphone player and backing vocalist for the platinum selling rock band Of A Revolution (O.A.R.). Jon is also the touring trumpet player with Seattle based soul singer Allen Stone. Lampley spent eight months as the sousaphone player for nationally renowned Bhangra funk/go-go/party brass band Red Baraat and has most recently started making regular appearances playing tuba and trumpet on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with the house band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human.  When he’s not performing, writing, or arranging, Jon works as a teaching artist by going into schools and educating students of all ages about playing and listening to all different styles of music.

Jon’s charismatic playing and energetic presence define his mission: to ensure that the audience is having as much fun as he is every single time he steps onto the stage.


Jon plays on a Yamaha Custom Model Trumpet, Antoine Courtois Paris Flugelhorn, and Conn 20K Sousaphone. 

Jon  uses JH Audio In-Ear Monitors and Aguilar Effects Pedals. 


Jon has performed with:

O.A.R., Ed Sheeran, Allen Stone, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Red Baraat, Jon Batiste, Snarky Puppy, Wyclef Jean, Phillip Phillips, Kris Allen, Ricky Martin, DJ Logic, Warren Haynes, Eric Krasno, SOJA, Andrew McMahon, Andy Grammar, Rashawn Ross, Felix Pastorius, Jeff Coffin, Fred Wesley, Dave Eggar, The Beethoven Found Philharmonic Orchestra, Kelley James, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Sean Jones, Derrick Gardner, Bobby Sanabria, Bobby Floyd, Reggie Jackson


‘New York Sessions’ (2012)- Dan White Sextet

‘Fight The Team’ (2012)- Jon Lampley

‘Live On Red Rocks-Live Album/DVD’ (2012)- O.A.R. (Of A Revolution) 

‘Mixtape’ (2012)- Jared Mahone 

‘play’ (2013)- Dan White Sextet

Here(2013)-E.O.P. (Evan Oberla Project)

‘A Not So Silent Night’ (2013)- 614 The Kids

‘Caroline Glaser Vol. 1’ (2014)- Caroline Glaser

‘The Rockville LP’ (2014)- O.A.R. (Of A Revolution)

‘Your Song’ (2014)- Dan White Sextet 

‘Better Days Vol. 2’ (2014)- Caroline Glaser

‘Content’ (2015)- Jared Mahone

**Biography written by Cara Laviola