John Parker, a drummer for over 25 years, has been the presiding drummer at NewSpring Church in Wichita, Kansas since 2007. He officially joined the staff as Music Associate in 2012. Currently, John plays for all five weekend services at NewSpring in front of an average congregation of 6,000 people. The NewSpring Band also released two albums with John on the drums. Unrefined is a live worship recording from 2010 and Go Ahead. Sing! is a studio-produced album, released in 2010.
Beyond playing at NewSpring, John also has a successful career as a freelance performer and teacher throughout the Wichita area. He has performed with the Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra, Music Theater Wichita, and Crown Uptown Professional Dinner Theater as well as sitting in on numerous high school productions in the city.
As an educator, John works hard to bring all of his experiences together to give his students a complete percussion knowledge. John has been teaching at his own private studio in Wichita since 2010 and at the Professional Drum School in Hutchinson since 2011. From 2012 to 2014, John served as Percussion Tech for the Buhler Band program in Buhler, Kansas. Since 2014, John has been an adjunct Percussion Coach for Trinity Academy in Wichita where he coaches the drumline, percussion ensemble, and assists with the concert and jazz bands.
John has published two books, each focusing on different aspects of playing in a drumline. Drumline Technical Manual compiles all of the warm ups and exercises John routinely uses with the drumlines he works with along with 3 cadences and 3 solo snare pieces. Drumline to Drumset takes the step of applying common drumline exercises to the drumset to improve your groove, fills, and chops.