John Astaire is a professional percussionist based in San Luis Obispo, CA. He is the principal timpanist with the San Luis Obispo Symphony Orchestra, and is active with many central coast ensembles including Opera San Luis Obispo, Orchestra Novo, the Santa Maria Symphony, the Lompoc Pops Orchestra, Symphony of the Vines, and the San Luis Obispo Master Chorale.
As an educator John teaches percussion and music theory at Cal Poly State University and directs Polyrhythmics, the university's percussion ensemble. John serves as the orchestral percussion coach for the San Luis Obispo County Youth Symphony, where he has the pleasure of introducing the next generation of young musicians to the joys of playing music.
As an independent artist, John's first solo pop EP Dreams was released on October 29, 2021.