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John J. DiMartino

1958: Attended St. Louis Institute of Music—St. Louis, MO

1960: Graduate of U. S. Naval School of Music—Washington D.C.

1983: Attended McKendree College. Major: Computer Science, Christian Education; Lebanon, IL

1993: Attended Portland Community College

Early days in ST Louis, MO

* Performed in St. Louis area society bands playing for weddings, religious functions, and special interest groups.

* Also backed up acts such as Rosemary Clooney and Frankie Lane.

* Performed with St. Louis Jazz Quartet touring the U.S. for two years entertaining University and College students as part of the Young Audience Concerts venue.

* Toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra: 1962

* Staff musician for local St. Louis T.V. talk shows

* Toured for nine years with the Rumors Band performing in many night-clubs across the nation.

Nashville, TN

* Staff musician for the Grand Ole Opry—Nashville, TN

* Staff musician for Opryland USA for two years—Nashville, TN

* Member of the Nashville Cats Band (comprised of some of Nashville’s leading studio musicians)

* Drummer for Christy Lane, Charly McLaine

* Staff drummer for Steel Guitar International Organization (backed up Buddy Emmons, Paul Franlin Jr., Doug Jernigan, Herby Wallace, and others)

* Professional mentor to Dave Weckl (at age 14), Irlene Mandrell (sister to Barbara Mandrell), Eddie Rabbit’s drummer, Tammy Wynette’s drummer, and others.

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Willing to teach

Advanced only


Available to provide lessons six days a week (not Sunday) between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. My rate for a one hour lesson ( I don't do half hour lessons unless the student is age 10 or younger) is $40.00. For youngsters age 10 or younger, I will adjust the rate to $25.00.

Clinic/Workshop Information

I'm also available for Drum Clinics ( Type of material covered depends on the purpose of the clinic, and if I am one of many performing, and instructing, or performing as sole clinician)

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