Born: January 15, 1960 Primary Instrument: Drums
A native of Auburn, NY, where his father and grandfather also based long drumming careers, John began playing drums at age four, learning rudiments from his grandfather. Music, especially Jazz, was an integral part of the Dare family life. Some of John’s earliest memories are of helping his Dad set up his drums for a gig, or watching his older brother’s band rehearse. ( both his older brothers also played drums ) At a very early age, John was exposed to and taught about the lineage of great drummers, such as “Papa Jo” Jones, Davey Tough, Shelly Manne, etc..
John took lessons in school, and played in all the ensembles. He also took private lessons from Len Carey of the Syracuse Symphony. In 1978, John was selected to the NYS All-State Jazz Ensemble. He was house percussionist for the Merry Go Round Theatre in Auburn for six seasons, performing over thirty Broadway productions, including West Side Story.
John majored in music education at Berklee College of Music 1979-82, studying drums with Joe Hunt. He also studied privately with Joe Morello and Alan Dawson. While at Berklee, he played with future stars such as Branford Marsalis and Diana Krall, and led his own Big Band featuring trumpeter Joe Magnarelli. His professional career includes a national tour with rhythm and blues singer Bobby Freeman, and engagements with Chaka Kahn and Jack Jones. He has appeared locally with Lyman “Butch” Strong, Bobby Doyle, Bob Barbuto, Dino Losito, Frank Mucedola , and the Cayugans Big Band. In 2001, as a member of the group “In Flight”, John was honored to perform for former President and Mrs. Clinton. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, the Percussive Arts Society, the International Association of Jazz Educators, and the Vic Firth Private Drum Teacher program.
John began his teaching practice in 1989 and opened his own studio in 1999. He has performed numerous drum clinics and jazz workshops at area schools and colleges. It is with great pride and satisfaction that he continues the lineage of drumming by helping a new generation take root.
Willing to teach:
Majored in Music Education @ Berklee College of Music 1979-82. Member Vic Firth Private Drum Teachers Program Over 20 years teaching experience INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION - (min. age 8) Weekly one-on-one lessons to students of all levels, beginner to advanced. You choose either 1/2 hour or 1 hour durations. I will tailor the curriculum to meet your objectives and level of proficiency. Rates: 1/2 hr. lessons, paid monthly = $60. paid quarterly = $165. 1 hr lessons, paid monthly = $100. paid quarterly = $275. DRUM SET CLINICS - Single events for drummers in school, college, store or community center settings. format includes: playing demonstration, explanation of specific points & techniques, educational hand-outs, attendee participation (optional), question & answer. Contact me for rates. WORKSHOPS - Multiple events over a two - three day period. In-depth coverage of your choice of topics. Age & level appropriate. May be tailored to just drummers, or complete rhythm section. Contact me for rates.