John has been playing saxophone since the age of 12. He has always had a love for music since he was a child which was apparent since he always carried around a toy guitar with him wherever he went. My biggest influence on me then was my uncle who played guitar and piano. I would listen to him play all the time. I was hooked immediately.
After being exposed to jazz music in high school by his teacher Norman Clo, John decided to pursue a career in music and continued his education at the College of Saint Rose and began his studies with saxophonist Paul Evoskevich. After completing his degree (BS in Music Education), John returned home to Gloversville to start looking for a job and some gigs. During a three year period, he had the chance to play with Ben E. King, The Drifters, The Classics Four and formed the OverEasy Horns which played with local R&B band Cleen Street.
In 1995, John assumed the duties of instrumental music teacher at his alma mater, Gloversville High School. In December of 1998 he completed a MA in Jazz Studies from the College of Saint Rose.
John has been endeavoring to continue to study the saxophone and hone his composing and playing skills by delving into a variety of music from other cultures (Traditional Irish Music and Folk Music of other countries), trying to incorporate their rhythmic and melodic concepts into his songs and improvisations.