|Musical Influences: Drummers like Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, etc. Jazz, Big Band, Fusion and RockJohn studied with Ed Shaughnessy in NYC 1970-72, and was also a student at U. of North Texas (though back in the old days it was called “North Texas State”) playing in the 3 o’clock Lab Band. Before that he was a symphonic percussion major at State University of NY. (All of this means that he is uniquely qualified to use the Qwikstix 4 stick holder because he drops sticks all the time!
Apart from being a monster on the drums, John has sung lead on many RH songs over the years, but moved more into that role on the Big Iron Horses and Matters Of The Heart albums. His most recognizable contribution came when he took lead on the 1992 cross-over smash “When She Cries.” After the band quit touring in 1995, John joined up with the band The Buffalo Club which produced a hit album and singles.