Hello, and thanks for your time! I have enjoyed performing throughout the Chicago-land area for years with various projects. Attention to the endeavor is always a key aspect of my work ethic, whether it is a live or studio setting. My goal is to give the listener the most earnest and entertaining experience while maintaining control and attention to detail in performance. For example; control of dynamics, balance/blend with other instruments, the sound of a room or stage, and quality of sound while working best with what is accessible. My experience in drumming ranges from playing in groups of Jazz (Big Band/Fusion/Latin), Rock (Progressive), Blues, Country, and Funk to accompanying Wind Symphony on drum set (commissioning Libertas Imperio for Eric Whitacre). Venues performed and recorded in include the Chicago Symphony Center, Blue Chip Casino, and recording with two-time grammy-nominated producer Gary Loizzo. Aside from playing drum set, I have experience playing percussion in wind ensembles (University of Illinois Wind Symphony/LTHS Wind Symphony), furthering my flexibility. I listen to and enjoy all music and always welcome the privilege to hear something new, because it is a chance to grow from a new exposure of ideas. Needless to say, I am always excited to be a part of a project that manifests into something positive. I welcome new faces, ideas, while also sharing my own. It is what the music community is all about, sharing ourselves through this universal language!


  • 9 Years
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp

Some of my favorite drummers include Buddy Rich, Dennis Chambers, Benny Greb, Neil Peart, Steve Gadd, John Bonham, Dave Weckl, Brian Blade, Stewart Copeland, Peter Erskine, Bill Bruford, David Garibaldi, Vinnie Colaiuta, Max Roach, and more!

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Columbia College Chicago

University of Illinois

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John Fornino

Chicago, IL, USA