Born in New Bedford, MA, John's interest in music began at a young age. He loved the many varieties of music that flowed through his home and started his musical venture singing in choir in the second grade. Although he was interested in music, it was not what he loved to do; John was sure that he was going to be an artist.
As he grew, so did his interest in becoming more involved with music. John remembers his first endeavor playing a musical instrument was "Baby What'd I Say" by Ray Charles, taught to him by his father on guitar.
In sixth grade, John had a defining moment that triggered his interest in becoming a professional drummer. The drum solo from "YYZ" on "Exit Stage Left" by Rush floored him so much that he told his middle school friend he would learn to play that solo.
After banging on buckets for a few years, John started taking music lessons at Constantino's Music Store in Lawrence, MA. On Christmas day 1983, John's parents asked him to run out to their car because they forgot to bring in a few gifts. He remembers that moment fondly as he opened the back hatch and found his first drum set -- a cobalt blue set with wooden hoops made by Ralph Eames.
John continued his music education by participating in the high school music program and taking private lessons. By the end of high school, John impressed his peers by playing the solo that had decided his fate. After high school, John received scholarships and grants to attend the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
Upon graduating, John established a professional music career, playing with musicians such as: Melvin Butler (Brian Blade), Eric Normand (Rhett Akins, Toby Keith), Double Drum gigs with Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention, Paul McCartney), Danny Seraphine (Original drummer for Chicago), Doug James (Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard), Robbie Merrill (Godsmack), Abe Laboriel Jr. (Seal, Paul McCartney), Rick Derringer, Clyde Beatty and Cole Brothers Circus, Jon Finn (Berklee Professor, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Orchestra), Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Mike Keneally), Jon Ross (James Cotton, Duke Ronillard), Matt Stubbs (Charlie Musslewhite), Troy Gonyea (Kim Wilson, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tony Lynn Washington), Bruce Bears (Duke Robillard, Tony Lynn Washington), Mark Early (Roomful of Blues, Queen City Kings), and many others.
Today, John continues to play with the Roberto Morbioli Band (from Verona Italy - USA tour dates) ,Eliza Neal and the Narcotics (Detroit - East Coast tour dates), Groove Alliance and Introduction the Chicago Experience. Currently, John has a residency on Sundays with One Big Soul, and on Tuesdays, plays in a blues jam.
Even with 220+ gigs a year and numerous recording sessions, John finds time to shape the minds of budding musicians by teaching drums, bass, and guitar lessons throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He teaches at Salem High School (Salem, NH), Rockingham Music School (Derry, NH) and travels to teach at student's homes from Central New Hampshire to Northeastern Massachusetts.
John is the proud papa bear to identical twincesses.