drummer - educator - composer
For over 10 years John has been a central piece of the Indianapolis music scene. Being a versatile drum set player has placed him in many different circles of the community. Recently, John has performed with multiplatinum-selling singer, composer, lyricist, pianist and actress Ann Hampton Calloway (www.annhamptoncallaway.com) and has upcoming shows on the book with her as a drummer for her Indiana tours. He has also had the great pleasure of working with iconic organist Melvin Rhyne of Wes Montgomery and has released a record with Indianapolis jazz guitarist Steve Weakley on popular 70s band Funk Inc. Performances with other local jazz greats in the area include The Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, Rob Dixon, Marvin McKay, and Frank Glover. John is also well versed in the blues scene as he has played several gigs with Severn, Delmark, Rounder Records recording artist Tad Robinson (www.tadrobinson.com) and other local greats Gordon Bonham (gordonbonham.com) and Paul Holdman (www.paulholdman.com/). John has also written and recorded music with Canadian singer/songwriter Matt App.
For the past 7 years, John has been the drummer for the corporate party band The Bishops Entertainment LLC (thebishopslive.com) and plays over 100 shows a year ranging from weddings and outdoor festivals to corporate parties and events. He has also served as a sub drummer for many of the community’s most successful corporate bands including Living Proof (www.livingproofmusic.com), Dave and Rae (www.daveandrae.com), Blue Water Kings Band (www.bluewaterkingsband.com), and many others. John was also very fortunate to be a part of A.R. Rahman’s Unity of Light tour as he performed with Global Rhythms, under the direction of Srinivas Krishnan.
John has recorded hundreds of sessions between Primary Sound Studios, The Lodge, Owl Studios, Gaither Studios, and a number of independent locations.
John is currently The Director of Percussion at Brownsburg Community Schools in Indianapolis, IN and is a Vic Firth Artist , a Zildjian Educator, and also endorses Remo heads, Drum Dots, and Big Fat Snare Drum