Born and raised in Marietta, Ohio. He began drumming at the age of nine and gigging at age twelve, playing with a local jazz/rock group. He then went on to perform pit percussion for area high school, college, and community theater productions.
He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied with Tony Tedesco, and then privately with the legendary Alan Dawson.
John has recorded and/or toured with Aimee Mann, Liz Phair, Lisa Loeb, Lori McKenna, Merrie Amsterburg, Nellie McKay and Milla Jovovich, among many others.