John Damberg

John Damberg
Adjunct Instructor
Percussion, Jazz


B.M. in Music Education – University of Alaska Anchorage (1997)
M.M. in Jazz Studies/Ethnomusicology – University of Washington (1989)
B.M. in Percussion Performance – Wayne State University (1976)


John Damberg is a master vibist, marimbist, percussionist, composer and educator who has enjoyed a successful career in music spanning 50 years. John resides in Anchorage, Alaska where he is the leader of the John Damberg Latin Jazz Quintet-(1995-present), the Instructor of Percussion at the University of Alaska Anchorage (1991-present), the President of the Alaska Jazz Workshop (AJW) (1995-present), and the past President & Vice-President of the Percussive Arts Society Alaska Chapter (1993-2007). John is an active performer on the Alaska and Pacific Northwest music scenes and he is an ardent promoter of jazz and percussion education. John has published 4 CDs including Azure (2005), Angie’s Samba (1998), Human Hands (1993), and the Chilkoot March (1989). Awards include grants from Alaska State Council on the Arts (2021, 2013, 1994), Muni of Anchorage (2020), and Rasmuson Foundation (2010).