John has studied at various Colleges including: The University of Colorado, at Denver, and Colorado Springs, Western State College of Colorado, and Cumberland University, and received acceptance to the Berklee School of Music Film Scoring Program, and participated with students of Berklee for a Led Zepplin cover-song recording project. Other studies include: At the Broadmoor Academy of Music, in Adult Jazz and Rock Groups; Jazz and Latin music from 1996, in the Middle school Jazz ensembles to Present in the University of Colorado Improvisational Jazz ensemble. Has studied with teachers Randy Bowen, for Jazz and Improvisation, Annette A. Aguilar, for Brazilian Drum set and Percussion, and Jon Phillips, beginning-Jazz and Rock. John’s performance experience is with Head On, an alternative rock band, for 8 years in west Colorado Springs, and The Jamsmith Band, Blues and Rock Improvisation from 2013 to present. Mentor of Drums and Percussion at the Colorado Springs Conservatory Program A Positive Note. Teacher of drums and percussion at the Manitou High School Fine Arts Institute of Manitou after-school program.