John performs with DJ’S at high end nightclub style events, as a lead percussion entertainer. John has worked with DJ Nick Hogan, son of celebrity Professional Wrestling Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan. While performing along DJ’S in the private and public club scene is almost exclusively reserved for Latin Percussionists, John’s Rudimental “Corps-Style”
Before John’s big break in New York’s private event market, he worked with professional dance bands, rock and metal bands, jazz bands, musical theater pit orchestras, amusement park marching bands and cruise ship orchestras. John credits his diverse background in influencing him to be the dynamic entertainer he is today. In 2002, John performed with One Man Religion, which opened for internationally recognized Metal band, Breaking Benjamin.
Like most drummers, John began by playing rock and roll, but everything changed when at age 16 he saw his first Drum Corps International (DCI) drumline. From the moment he dedicated himself to this extreme form of mental and physical conditioning, his value as a professional increased exponentially. John sees himself as a cyborg – a dynamic embodiment of drumline and drumset. Through intense DCA and DCI drumline training supplemented with regimented personal practice, he mastered rudimental snare, tenor and bass drumming. The resulting wizardry of flashy machine-like execution and musical depth has proven addictive – and lucrative. John received his training with Pioneer (1996 DCI Division II World Percussion Champions), Jersey Surf and The Reading Buccaneers Drum and Bugle Corps. A music business graduate of McNally Smith College of Music, formerly known as MusicTech, John has also served as composer, arranger, instructor, and manager for drumlines across the Northeast and Midwest.
John’s brisk success in New York has earned invitations as a clinician for the Sam Ash Music Chain and The New York Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, sharing the stage with snare drummer Nick Angelis of Tony and Emmy award winning BLAST! John was featured in Modern Drummer Magazine (Kit of the Month - March 2008), Mentioned in Percussion News several times and is a performing artist and clinician for Mapex Marching Percussion, Paiste, Vater and Slug. John resides with his wife Lauren, also a DCI Alum and Music Educator, and their son Evan.