John Armato has spent most of his life behind the drums. Studying from the time he was eight, in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, Armato focused on music and drums throughout his school years, including his time with the competition-dominating Winnetonka High School music program under legendary music educator Charles T. Menghini. College saw Armato performing with the rhythm sections of well-known vocal jazz educator Kirby Shaw at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
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