By the fall of 1976, John joined The Muchachos from Hawthorne, New Jersey, a corps considered
John left his drum corps days behind in 1978 when he was offered an artist development deal with
one of the best in the country. He played in The Muchachos snare line for two years, performing
with the Corps at the CYO Nationals, "Dream" Contest, the U.S. Open, the American International
Open, the World Open and many other top national shows. On August 17th 1977, the Corps performed
at Giants' Stadium in the Meadowlands to a sold-out audience of 77,691. They also played at Shea
Stadium August 19th, 1977, home of the Mets, and the site of two historic Beatles concerts.
Suede Productions and New Jersey producer Bob Suede. Over the next couple of years, he composed
and recorded dozens of original songs, developing and refining his work. John worked with Singer
songwriter Leslie Pearl (If The Love Fits Wear It) who sang background vocals on his sessions,
along with session guitarist Keith Loving (Feel Like Making Love.)
In the early '80s, John recorded two albums with two New York-based original bands, US City and
4 on the Floor. Influenced heavily by British pop and the Motown/STAX sounds, he continued to
compose his own brand of pop songs and performed at many of the most popular venues in New York
City and throughout the tri-state area.
FROM LONDON TO WOODSTOCK
In 1985, John traveled to London, England to begin recording his first solo album at the famed
EMI Abbey Road Studios. The finished disc, Outta De Bleu, an independent release, was a Northeast
regional success with the single "Always Be Around" charting at #20 based solely on listener
requests on New York radio station WGRC.
In 1988, for the 25th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's Assassination, John composed a
tribute song, "Passing the Torch," and created a video with producer Bob Suede that was aired
nationally on "The Joe Franklin Show" on WOR Channel 9. The following year, he was invited to
take part in a concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of Woodstock, at the original site on
Yasgar's farm in Bethel, New York. He shared the stage with Woodstock veterans Richie Havens
and Wavy Gravy.
FLORIDA & THE BRITISH INVASION
When John relocated to Orlando, Florida in 1990, he immersed himself in the local music scene,
performing as a solo acoustic act that garnered him a nomination for Best Solo Performer by Central
Florida's #1 music showcase, "the Jammy's."
Returning to Abbey Road Studios in 1991, he began sessions for his second album, "Mathew Street."
He composed, performed and produced the disc and enlisted the vocal, lead guitar and engineering
talents of long-time friend David Mikeal. The single "Mathew Street" was released in Germany on
Deep Cut Records in 1996 and received heavy airplay and excellent reviews.
In 1997, John joined The British Invasion, a Beatles/'60s tribute show at Walt Disney World's EPCOT
Center U.K. Pavillion. He also toured with the cast of Beatlemania, performing 18 concerts in 14 U.S. cities.
John has authored articles in several national magazines including "Classic Drummer," "Across the Universe"
(Liverpool Beatlescene's Own Newsletter,) "Scary Monsters" and "Monster Bash" magazines."
(See reviews page.)
LATER ALBUMS & RECENT RECORDINGS
Between 1997 and 2003, John composed and recorded four more albums: Life Through A Looking Glass
Vol. 1, 17 Castle Heights, Chiller Theatre with guests Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple) and
Liberty Devitto (Billy Joel Band) and the funky "Nothin' Mo' Betta." He also played with Byrds' founder
and Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Rodger McQuinn for the Orlando Ballet fundraiser concert in 2002.
During 2003-2004, John released two compilations of his earliest recordings, 1st Sessions
and Hackensack Daze. He recorded and released The Gnomes of Marydell in 2005 and he
released CDs from his two original bands, US City and 4 on the Floor.
In 2008 John released his 10th CD of original songs entitled "It Is What It Is."
2016 saw the release of a "Best Of" compilation remastered disc entitled "Twenty, as well as JB's
In 2018 John released his 11th studio album "Welcome To My World" worldwide.
"Abbey Road Tour & Video Album" and "The Lost Performances of
The Hawthorne Muchachos Drum And Bugle Corps" DVDs.