John Wilkerson graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor's degree in Music Education, cum laude, and Radford University with a master's degree in Music Performance. After years as a teacher, performer and business owner in Virginia and Maryland, Wilkerson chose Melbourne, Florida as home in 1998. He keeps busy in the professional music education community with 40 private horn students and as the Adjunct Professor of Horn at Eastern Florida State College.
His private students consistently win the top seats in the area's All-County Bands and Orchestras and over the last several years have also won the principal seats in Florida's All-State Orchestras. These students are now attending some of America's finest universities and schools of music. His EFSC students have gone on to receive advanced degrees in music and have entered both the music education and music performance fields.
In the music performance area, Wilkerson is very active as a freelance hornist in central and south Florida. His performances include tours with The Irish Tenors, Dennis DeYoung with Styx, The Alan Parsons Project, Clay Aiken, Amy Grant and Bernedette Peters. Wilkerson has performed with many of the professional orchestras in central and south Florida and is a founding member of the Sunshine Brass Quintet. Wilkerson is a member of the International Horn Society, Phi Mu Alpha Symphonia and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Fraternity.
Wilkerson resides in West Melbourne.