John has designed and facilitated rhythm experiences for community awareness, team-building, communication and leadership workshops for over 15 years. Creating deeper awareness in service of positive change for individuals, communities and organization a primary aspect of all of John’s work.
For the past 15 years John has been the Manager of Recreational Music Activities for Remo Inc., where he works with both domestic and international organizations, creating relationships that nurture the use of music- making for wellness, intervention, and therapeutic outcomes. Presentations and facilitated experiential activities, at conferences and symposia, have been a central part of John’s work.
Before he fell in love with the transformational impact of facilitated rhythm experiences and coaching, John spent decades as a California Institute of the Arts trained percussionist performing jazz and classical music, and the amazing music of cultures from around the world.
John brings to his work the great gifts music has given him: deep curiosity, the capacity to listen for rhythm and cadence, and an ability to trust his intuition and improvise naturally in service of his participants’ goals and dreams.
He has studied the art of Ontological Coaching with Julio Ollala, founder of Newfield Network, Somatic Coaching at the Strozzi Institute, drum circle facilitation with Arthur Hull, founder of Village Music Circles, and has taken the HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming Facilitation training. John is currently chairperson of the Interactive Drumming Committee at the Percussive Arts Society and is also a member of the International Coach Federation.