John has been a musician for the past 30 years. He has been teaching guitar and music full time since 2001.
John is a mentor at Newport Harbor High School. He is dedicated to providing an inspirational environment for
learning and creating music. It's been John's goal from the beginning to encourage original composition and inspire
students through the creative process.
Patrick Butler was born in Monan, Indiana. The first sounds he heard were melodies to Celtic and bluegrass tunes
picked out on banjo, guitar and mandolin by his father. Patrick's family moved to New Brunswick, New Jersey while
he was four years old. New Brunswick was an area unusually rich with jazz musicians. Joe Pass was born there;
other residents included organist Charles Earland, Renaldo Jorge, trombonist with the Fania All-Stars, and alto saxophonist
James Spaulding. Patrick started playing guitar at age 13 and went on to record and play with many varied artists.