John Parker started playing drums and percussion, as most musicians do, in elementary school. After twenty-plus years, he is still addicted to the infectious feeling that only a solid groove can generate. “Drums and drumming are my passion.” Now John is excited to share that passion with the next generation of drummers.
John was educated for ten years at the Professional Drum School in Hutchinson Kansas, directed by Ginger Zyskowski. There he learned his mastery of drum set along with his skills in marching, orchestral, and keyboard percussion. John’s skills were further honed with Anthony DiSanza and Dennis Wilson at Kansas State University along with Steve Hatfield in Wichita Kansas.
Professionally, John has played with various performance groups. Most notably, these include stints with Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra and Crown Uptown Professional Dinner Theater. John’s contemporary playing is on display each weekend when he occupies the drum throne at Newspring Church, where he works as a Music Associate in charge of all drums and drummers throughout the campus. Newspring is a venue that has given him the opportunity to participate in two recording projects and has educated him in modern stage performance technology.
In 2012, John joined the staff of the Buhler band program in Buhler, KS. His duties there include teaching all percussionists from grades 5 – 12. John is directly in charge of the middle and high school percussion ensembles and the high school drumline. He also helps with all the concert bands and jazz bands.
A master of all drum set styles, orchestral percussion, and marching percussion John is able to bring his wide breadth of experiences to each teaching situation. Tapping into that knowledge, students can be ensured that they are learning from a true professional, gigging musician.