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I love to perform, teach & compose…

John Damberg is…

Alaska’s Jazz & Latin Jazz driving force on the vibes, marimba, steel drum, and drum set. When you encounter John’s positive,  high energy live performances, his unique approach to teaching, and composing, you will enjoy a one of a kind  exhilarating and enlightening experience!

I can solve your musical needs…


Do you want live music for your next event? I customize bands for all occasions…


Want to learn drums, percussion, piano or improvise? Come join the fun & let me show you how…


Do you need a unique sound score created for your next project and/or want to collaborate?


John Damberg
Alaska Jazz Workshop

Group photo of a John Damberg band

Performing Groups

Solo to full band…every occasion!

Photo of John Damberg teaching a group of students


Lessons, Classes, Workshops…

Front cover of John Damberg's CD album titled "Angie's Samba"


Original Music…Creative Soundtracks

John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet Concert and School workshop was an incredible event. All five of the performers spent the entire day at the Valdez High School mentoring the students. The evening performance was wonderful. After a full day at the school, this group played from 7pm-10pm, and never lost their energy. They made a grand entrance by playing music as they came marching down the stairs into the theater, which really grabbed the audience attention. They really enjoyed what they did!

Maureen Radotich

President, Valdez Arts Council

Damberg is a fleet, melodic soloist who appreciates the importance of varied phrase and note length, and spacing to swing. An accomplished be-bopper himself, Damberg combines the marimba, vibraphone and steel drum in the many noted harmonic style of Charlie Parker and his descendants with the rhythmic and melodic undergirdings of the Samba

Larry Spellens

Arts Reviewer, Anchorage Daily News

“I was blown away by your amazing lessons.  Thanks for opening a window for her as she really loves all kinds of music and she loves life.”

Rebecca Rogers

Mother Lou Mei Guetsch

Mr. Damberg and your Latin Jazz Quintet,

Thank you for taking the time to perform at Skyview Middle! Your group sounded amazing and your guys were very easy to work with. I appreciate how you incorporated a quick, fun lesson and audience participation into your routine. My kids were very well engaged with learning Latin grooves, music history, and world music. When it came time to hand out instruments for them to play, I was shocked at their enthusiasm. I only wish we had more time to do an extended workshop. We would welcome your group back any time!

Jeff Moore

Music Director, Skyview Middle School, Soldotna, AK

Dear Mr Damberg,

I feel like I have improved more than ever this year. New skills left and right. Thank you for helping me to become the best player that I can be for the past 3 years. I look forward to continuing and learning so much more.

Kieran Erwin

Piano Student