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John Romano, Bass Clarinet


John Romano is the former (ret. 2016) bass clarinetist of The US Air Force Band in Washington DC. Prior to that, he completed his Bachelor's Degree in clarinet performance from Shenandoah Conservatory in 1991 and joined the Air Force Band of the Golden West at Travis Air Force Base in California in 1992 as a clarinetist. While in California, he visited many vineyards and did a lot of cycling, but also played in such ensembles as the Berkeley Symphony, Solano Symphony, California Wind Orchestra and San Francisco Concerto Orchestra. He also happened to buy a bass clarinet and, after learning to play it, returned to the East Coast in 2000 as the bass clarinetist for The USAF Band in Washington DC. John's military band career has taken him to 49 of the 50 states over the course of 24 years but he now resides in Winchester, Virginia where his days are occupied in attempting to keep his old house from collapsing or performing all over the country with the Atlantic Reed Consort or with his wife, Charlene Romano, as Duoromano. Find out more or just say "hi" at or

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