I'm so proud of all my students that auditioned for NH Jazz All State 2016. I think this is a record. This year alone three of my students were selected to fill half of the six available drum seats for New Hampshire Jazz All State!
Congratulations to Harrison Foti Alvirne H.S. Hudson, NH (2nd highest score in the state) Timmy Murphy Jr.and Andrew Goyette Souhegan H.S. Amherst, NH!!!
Also, a special congratulations to Timmy Murphy for making All Eastern!!! Incredible honor!
Update: Tim is now recommended for All National and has received a $20,000 scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music and he received it as a high school junior!!!
Another special congratulations to Harrison Foti!!! I'm proud of you for getting the 2nd highest score for NH Jazz All State. And even more so for being accepted to my Alma Marter Berklee College of Music!!!
John Medeiros Jr
Born in New Bedford, MA, John's interest in music began at a young age. John loved the many varieties of music that flowed through his home and started his musical venture singing in choir in the second grade. Although he was interested in music it was not what he loved to do. John was sure that he was going to be an artist.
As he grew so did his interest in becoming more involved with music. John remembers his first endeavor in playing a musical instrument was being taught to play "Baby What'd I Say" from Ray Charles on guitar by his father.
It was in the sixth grade that John had his defining moment which made him decide that he would be a professional drummer. It was the drum solo from "YYZ" on "Exit Stage Left" by Rush that had floored him. So much so that he had told his middle school friend that he was going to learn to play that solo. His friend just laughed at him.
After banging on buckets for a few years John started taking music lessons in the the early 1980's at Constantino's Music Store in Lawrence, MA. On Christmas day 1983 John's parents asked him to run out to their car because they forgot to bring in a few gifts. He remembers the moment fondly, as he opened the back hatch and found his first drum set - a cobalt blue set with wooden hoops made by Ralph Eames.
Shortly after, John decided to participate in the high school music program in order to continue his musical education as well as resume taking private lessons. Toward the end of his high school career, John was impressing his peers by playing the solo that had decided his fate. After high school John attended the world renowned (87-91) Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he received several scholarships and grants.
Upon graduating, John subsequently started his professional and teaching career. Playing with musicians such as Melvin Butler (Brian Blade), Eric Normand (Rhett Akins, Toby Keith), Doug James (Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard), Robbie Merrill (Godsmack), Abe Laboriel Jr. (Seal, Paul McCartney), Rick Derringer, Clyde Beatty and Cole Brothers Circus, Jon Finn (Berklee Professor, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Orchestra), Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, Mike Keneally), Jon Ross (James Cotton, Duke Ronillard), Matt Stubbs (Charlie Musslewhite), Troy Gonyea (Kim Wilson, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tony Lynn Washington), Bruce Bears (Duke Robillard, Tony Lynn Washington), Mark Early (Roomful of Blues, Queen City Kings), and many others.
Today, John steadily plays with the (from Verona Italy - USA tour dates) Roberto Morbioli Band, (Detroit - East Coast tour dates) Eliza Neal and the Narcotics, Groove Alliance and Introduction the Chicago Experience. Currently John has a residency on Sunday with One Big Soul, and Tuesday blues jam.
Even with playing and average of 220+ gigs a year and numerous recording sessions, John still finds the time to shape the minds of budding musicians by teaching drum, bass and guitar lessons throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Currently he is teaching privately from Salem High School Salem, NH, Rockingham Music School Derry, NH and in the privacy of student's homes from Central New Hampshire to Northeaster Massachusetts.
John finds teaching rewarding in many ways ways and also finds that it keeps him on top of his game. To him there is nothing better than preparing his students to take on the music world and reach for their dreams. His pride comes from knowing that he has helped his students become the first seat in their school jazz band, make All State, or graduate New England Conservatory, University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts, and Berklee College of Music.
For more information on lessons with John, feel free to contact him anytime!