John Astaire earned his doctor of music degree in percussion performance from Indiana University. Astaire is originally from California, and obtained his bachelor of arts in music from the Cal Poly in 1998. While at Cal Poly he participated in the Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. His primary teachers included Gerald Carlyss and Kenneth Watson, under whom he also studied the Hungarian cimbalom. Astaire has been a guest with several musical ensembles across the United States, as well as a performer at the Cimbalom World Association's 2003 World Congress, held at Appenzell, Switzerland.
San Luis Obispo, CA – David Hamilton, President of the San Luis Obispo Symphony Board of Directors, was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award at the Association of California Symphony Orchestras’ (ACSO) Conference in Los Angeles on July 20, 2017.