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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.
In 1986 Armato performed with the All-American College Band at Disneyland as part of a professional experience for 18 student musicians selected from nationwide auditions.
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