John Zontek enjoyed a hitch in the USAF as a trombone player, moving on to a successful career in IT. While in the Air Force he worked with band arrangers and studied their craft, analyzing scores. His interest in composition and arranging began even earlier borrowing the conductor scores from his middle school band director to study how the music was constructed. John has continued working his craft and arranges and composes for various ensembles in the Baltimore-Washington area. In addition to his IT profession, he continues to perform and arrange for several big bands around the Baltimore region. He has performed at various renowned jazz venues such as Monterey, Montreux, Umbria, Istanbul, and Jazzaldia jazz festivals to name a few.