John got his first guitar at the age of nine after several years of trying to convince his parents to get him one, and has been playing guitar ever since. Upon entering senior public school, he started playing saxophone. This was part of the enrollment in the Integrated Arts Package at Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener Ontario, where he played saxophone and guitar in high level concert and jazz ensembles. Developing improvising skills during these years, he became comfortable as a soloist. As a highlight he was invited on a trip to Montreal for Music Fest Nationals in 2004.
He began playing in a rock band at the end of high school and continued through his university years. He has produced 2 albums and gained substantial experience playing in clubs. His most challenging and weird experience was at a night club gig playing guitar solos over a DJ he had never met before.
He attended the University of Waterloo for an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science. He played in a Jazz ensemble and took music electives, while also focusing on the rock band, and of course, studies in biology. Presently, he is working towards a Doctorate at the University of Waterloo in Molecular Biology and Genetics, teaching undergraduates as a TA, while keeping music as a large part of his life.
He offers guitar students both the classical guitar approach (beginners thru Gr.2 RCM) as well as rock, jazz, western and improvisation.
He is very excited and looking forward to working with Dan’s team at the new music studio.