Audiences of all ages are thrilled and energized by John Donovans dazzling technique, original artistry and interactive showmanship. As a sought after percussionist, John has entertained at hundreds of private and corporate events from coast-to-coast. Playing along-side of a DJ or band, his multi-tenor “corps-style” percussion adds an exciting live musical and visual element to the mix, blending and augmenting perfectly with the songs that are played.
DJ Times Magazine quotes “John Donovan is the party percussionist.”
Like most drummers, John began by playing rock and roll. Private lessons from age four would start his musical journey with rock, metal, jazz bands, musical theater pit orchestras, amusement park marching bands and cruise ship orchestras. Four years of drum corps training would instill a lifelong work ethic into the Marching Percussion arts.
To his credit, John has been featured in DJ Times Magazine, Mobile Beat Magazine, Awarded Kit of the Month in Modern Drummer Magazine, as well mentioned in Percussion News and countless DJ industry news sources throughout the organized DJ industry.
He has been a featured performer at the International DJ Expo in Atlantic City, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) in Anaheim, California, and the Mobile Beat Show & Conference in Las Vegas.
John also performed in a Drumline with the celebrity band 311 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and with One Man Religion, which opened for internationally recognized metal band, Breaking Benjamin.
As a clinician for the Sam Ash music chain and the New York Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society, John shared the stage with snare drummer Nick Angelis of the Emmy and Tony Award-Winning Brass and Marching Corps Show, BLAST! John has also served as composer, arranger, instructor, and manager for Drumlines across the Northeast and Midwest and is a music education supporter.
He has worked with DJ Nick Hogan, son of celebrity professional wrestling Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan, and was on the same bill as international dance music superstar Lucas Prata at a fundraiser for a new children’s hospital. John has also worked with TV stars from Jerseylicious and Jersey Couture and entertained the family of Twisted Sisters Dee Snyder .
John received his education and training as a music business graduate of McNally Smith College of Music (formerly known as MusicTech), and with Pioneer (DCI Division II World Percussion Champions), Jersey Surf, and The Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps. John Donovan is a performing artist and clinician with Mapex Marching Percussion, Paiste Cymbals and Vater Drumsticks.