John Van Houten holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in tuba performance from the University of Southern California. He has performed with a wide variety of music ensembles, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Opera, the Long Beach Opera, the New West Symphony, the American Winds Concert Band, the California Wind Orchestra, the Long Beach Municipal Band and the Joffery Ballet.
His performing experience also includes phonograph recordings with such diverse artists as Lyle Lovett, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, Carly Simon and Alice Cooper; television shows such as Alias, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad, Futurama, and King of the Hill records; jingles; and a wide variety of motion pictures including Mission Impossible 1and 3, Crimson Tide, The Thin Red Line, Men in Black, X-Men, Pearl Harbor, Swordfish,Legally Blonde, Planet of the Apes, Piglet's Big Movie, The Hulk, Pirates of the Caribbean 1, 2 and 3, Spiderman 2 and 3, The Incredibles, Ratatouille (Oscar Nominated for Best Film Score), Speed Racer, Star Trek,'UP' (Oscar Winner for Best Film Score as well as Grammey Winner for Best Song), Land of the Lost and You Again.
Mr. Van Houten has also served as music contractor/orchestra manager on numerous films, commercials, video games and live orchestral productions. He has taught at several universities and colleges in the Southern California area, including UCLA, California State University, Long Beach, Azusa Pacific University and Biola University.