Juan José Arévalo, is a Tucson, Arizona, based bassoonist and founder of The LuftBassoons Quartet, who is currently a student of Dr. William Dietz at The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. A native of Donna, Texas, his initial collegiate studies began at Oberlin Conservatory of Music with George Sakakeeny. At UA, JJ has performed as a bassoonist and contrabassoonist with the orchestras and has toured with the Wind Ensemble. He is also a member of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra(TRO) and LuftBassoons Quartet. Past teachers include Ron Dunmore, Dr. Gretchen Hausfeld, and Martin Garcia, in addition to masterclasses with Hugh Cooper and Robert Williams. As a champion of new music, he premiered Green Ravine in 2013, a piece written for him by composer Matthew Fields and co-commissioned a new Bassoon Sonata from composer Jim Stephenson. The new award-winning opera Illegal Alien by Mexican composer Alfonso Molina is a work JJ has been privileged to premiere in the USA and Mexico which also marked his international debut with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Sonora. Most recently, he was a featured soloist with TRO along with 2 other colleagues in a special collaboration of the Mozart Bassoon Concerto. In his spare time, he enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, reading Latin American literature (in Spanish), and listening to musica ochentera.