John comes from a strong background in percussion over the years. Starting out as most dorks do in high school band, John was a member of several ensembles.
One ensemble had the luxury of traveling to regional competitions and even placed 13th and then 9th in the world.
John's experience continued into musical sales and middle school percussion lesson instructor for Southern Music Center in Richmond VA. This is where John bought his first drum set. At the same time, John also played snare drum in 2 Richmond-based Bagpipe ensembles of which one opened for Rod Stewart.
John has volunteered for his girls' middle school band groups as drumline instructor in order to prepare students for high school battery percussion.
Self-taught on drumset, John has been actively playing in St Louis-based groups since 2011. Percussion influences include Incubus, 311, Pearl Jam, AlterBridge, Queensryche, Rush, and many more.