JOHN E. HEROD was a native of Los Angeles. He began studying the violin at the age of 4; however, his teacher changed him to piano study when he was 6. His piano teachers included Thelma Dixon Taylor and Adelaide Trowbridge Perry of USC’s Preparatory School. Organ study began while he was a student at Polytechnic High School. Upon entering USC, he continued his organ study with Irene Robertson, while pursuing both the bachelor and masters degrees in Music Education. Starting in 1954, Mr. Herod became an instructor, and then an administrator in the Los Angeles Public School System. In 1966, he began serving as Organist/Choirmaster at Church of the Advent (Episcopal).