John Zdechlik is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been a vibrant part of the music education community as a teacher, composer, conductor, and clinician. For many years, he taught music theory and composition and conducted instrumental groups at Century College in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

He started in music playing the trumpet, then piano, and by the age of 16 had gigs with local dance bands, playing and arranging.

He composed over 60 works for band, small ensembles, and solo musicians.

Under his leadership, the Century College Concert Band opened to a community members in 1985. Read more from band member Reggie Buresh.

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  • A Composer’s Insight, Volume 3: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary Masterpieces for Wind Band. 2006. Salzman, Timothy (Ed.). Meredith Music Publications: Galesville, MD.
  • Composers on Composing for Band. 2006. Camphouse, Mark (Ed.). GIA Publications: Chicago, IL.
  • Chorale and Shaker Dance: A Teaching-Learning Unit. 2000. Garofalo, Robert. Meredith Music Publications: Galesville, MD.