John Creger lives in Ashland, Virginia. He is a professional player of:
He is also a:
John came to Richmond, Virginia in 1978 to play String Bass with The Richmond Symphony Orchestra upon graduation from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. Soon afterward, he also took a position with Henrico County Public Schools as an Orchestra Director and Classroom Teacher.
Henrico County wraps around the nothern part of Richmond, and is included in the Greater Richmond Region. Henrico is the fifth-most populous county in Virginia. Ashland is located a few miles to the north of Henrico County in Hanover County up U.S. 1 and I-95.
The Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad initially developed the town of Ashland in the 1840s as a mineral springs resort with a racetrack. The town was named "Ashland" after Henry Clay's estate of Ashland located in Kentucky. (Henry Clay was orignally a native son of Virginia before he moved to Lexington, Kentucky.) The town was officially incorporated on February 19, 1858.
Previously the area had been known as "The Slashes", sometimes translated as "swamp", but which also reflected the small ravines that formed in the sandy clay soil after hard rains.
Even before the Civil War, the railroad began offering monthly passes to Richmond for people who were buying lots and building houses in Ashland. When tycoon Jay Gould established a streetcar line between Ashland and Richmond in 1908, the town became an early streetcar suburb of Richmond. (1)
Randolph–Macon College was founded in 1830 by Methodists Rev. Hekeziah G. Leigh and Staten Islander Gabriel Poillon Disosway. The school is the second-oldest Methodist-run college in the country, and the oldest in continuous operation. (Northwestern in Chicago was founded in 1851.) Randloph–Macon was originally located in Boydton, near the North Carolina border. Because the railroad link to Boydton was destroyed during the Civil War, the college's trustees decided to relocate the school to Ashland in 1868.
The college takes its name from Virginia statesmen John Randolph of Roanoke, VA and North Carolina statesman Nathaniel Macon.
Randolph–Macon College became the first college south of the Mason–Dixon line to require physical education coursework for graduation. The old gym, built in 1887, was the first structure in the South to be constructed solely for instruction in physical education.
Randolph–Macon is considered to be:
Since 1923, the college has been home to the Zeta of Virginia chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation's oldest academic honor society.
Chi Beta Phi, the national science honorary society, was founded at Randolph–Macon in 1916.(2)
During his tenure with Henrico, John developed one of the largest and most active string programs in Central Virginia. As a guest conductor for many All-County, Regional and Festival Orchestras throughout the State, John also served as adjudicator and chairmen for many such events. His compositions and arrangements for String Orchestra have been performed by numerous student groups throughout the area.
His Electronic Music Lab, developed through a technology grant process, was the first such facility in the region, leading John to present on emerging technologies in the field of music production and performance at state education conventions. Upon his retirement from teaching in 2008, John held the position of Fine Arts Department Chairman at Brookland Middle School in Henrico County.
As a freelance musician, John continues to play upright/string/double bass, electric bass guitar and acoustic guitar in numerous duos, combos, chamber ensembles and pit orchestras. Those groups' music encompasses a variety of styles including:
He's been writing music for many years, mostly as an individual endeavor. He currently plays with his two bands:
(Mr. Creger refers to them as both being a wonderful group of musicians, and are some of the best of the best, musically and personally.)
Mr. Creger also plays with the:
In addition to his playing, he also owns and operates BTR AudioVideo Inc, an audio and video recording studio. It specializes in solo artists, bands, singer/song writers, voice over and concert audio and video production.
When not writing or making music, or running BTR AudioVideo, John is devoted to spending time with his grandchildren, while also enjoying:
John maintains a web presence on Facebook, Instagram and at the following websites:
1 Ashland, VA, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashland,_Virginia
2 Randolph–Macon, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randolph%E2%80%93Macon_College