John Zevos, guitarist/mandolinist/composer music educator
Lichen with Bo Diddley
Ben Rudnick and Friends
John & Di duo
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My life in music began in 2nd grade with piano lessons from Sister Muriel Dery. She was a wonderful teacher and I truly looked forward to my weekly lessons for 8 years. I really wanted to learn guitar but my parents wouldn't let me even though there was my father's old guitar in his bedroom closet, I wasn't allowed to touch it. Finally, by the time I was 17, I got up the nerve to sneak out the guitar when my father was at work being careful to replace it each day before he got home. I began to teach myself and my piano lessons helped as I could already read music. After a few months I could play a few tunes and I decided to tell my Dad to see what he would say. He said, "Oh yeah, well why don't you go get it and play something for me". I played the first song I learned, "So Far Away" by Carole King (I had the piano book for the album Tapestry and the chords looked pretty easy). When I was finished he said, "Not bad, you can play the guitar whenever you want. At about the same time I was playing keyboards in a rock band that had formed at my high school. Our bass player had a habit of not showing up for rehearsal and one day in frustration I stopped the band mid-song and said that we couldn't be a rock band without a bass player and that I thought I could do it. I switched to bass and rehearsed for a week and then went to a week of football camp. When I returned, the band informed me that we now had a manager, changed our name, and that next week we were playing 4 nights in a row in a downtown club called interestingly enough, The Cavern. So, after playing bass for 2 weeks I began my performing career and I have been playing out steadily ever since. After 2 years of college, four of my friends and I moved to San Diego, California where we continued to play. San Diego was a time of great musical growth for me as I could practice 8 hours a day, 6 days a week. In August 1981 I returned to New Hampshire for a short vacation and sadly 2 days after my return, my father died suddenly. Because of this, I was asked by my Mom to move back home. I did and still live in New Hampshire today. One great thing about San Diego was that I got together with my life and musical mate, my lovely wife Diane who has been performing with me in the band Lichen since 1981 and we're still going strong. We got married in 1985 and have 2 great kids Alyssia and Christos who are also very musical. Upon my return to New Hampshire I started getting requests to give guitar lessons and began to give them in my home and eventually working out of Belisle Music teaching up to 70 students per week. I was teaching some public school music teachers and thought that since teachers were coming to me for lessons, maybe I could get my music education degree. In 1994 I enrolled at Plymouth State College graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1998 with a Master of Science in Music Education degree. I got a job in the fall of 1998 teaching music in the Timberlane School District where I remain today. Along the way I started playing then teaching mandolin, banjo, dobro, fiddle and just about anything with strings. I now teach out of my home studio. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in lessons. Some of the bands I currently am a member of are Ben Rudnick and Friends, Johnny and the Moondogs, Celtic Knot, The Bluegrass Connection, solo, various duos and trios, and of course Lichen.