John was invited to be a composer-in-residence at the University of Central Missouri from April 13-19, 2017. Two performances featuring his compositions were given during the weeklong residency. The first concert, by the University of Central Missouri Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Ernest Jennings, took place on Monday, April 17 at 7:30pm. The second concert, on Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30pm included two world premieres, Where Rivers Bend and So Simple, performed by the University of Central Missouri Wind Ensemble, Dr. Scott Lubaroff, conductor. The April 19 concert also featured a performance of Big City for orchestra by the University of Central Missouri Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Dr. John Rutland. Both concerts were at Hendricks Hall Auditorium located on the University of Central Missouri Campus.