ARTISTS | John Ferraro

John Ferraro has been playing drums since he was five years old.  Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, to a trumpet playing father and a piano playing mother, music is in his genes as well as his soul. As a small child he was introduced to a variety of musical styles and techniques, but his early idols and influences include: Ginger Baker, John Bonham, Joe Morello, Buddy Rich, Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts, and Tony Williams.

When John was eleven years old his family moved to Southern California, where he embarked on his drumming career. Throughout his junior high and high school years, he played in marching bands, participated in talent shows and numerous “battles of the bands”, and even formed a traditional Dixieland jazz band, Backboy Jazz.

John attended Orange Coast College and Cal State Long Beach where he majored in Business Administration and took performance classes. John was a member of the Jazz Ensemble and earned top honors as an instrumentalist. He landed his first professional gig at Disneyland for the newly opened Space Mountain attraction, where he worked for four years. He also he performed with a local band called Storyville for several years.

John toured domestically and internationally with Larry Carlton on and off for 18 years. He also circled the globe with Barry Manilow’s world tour, and enjoyed playing for Biff Baby’s All-Stars, a loose aggregate of top-flight jamming buddies formed by Sterling “Biff” Ball, President of Ernie Ball Music Man. John has also had the pleasure of working with such notable artists as Boz Skaggs, Carl Anderson, David Benoit, George Benson, Debbie Boone, Vikki Carr, Randi Crawford, Robben Ford, Jay Gradon, Abraham Laboriel, Albert Lee, Steve Lukather, Keiko & Kazu Matsui, Steve Morse, Aaron Neville, Carlos Rios, Linda Ronstadt, Michael Sembello, Umberto Tozzi, Leslie Ugum, Eddie Van Halen, Carl Verheyen, Kirk Whalum, and Tim Weisberg over the course of 20 years.

John preformed for the 2001–2002 critically acclaimed Lion King at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, and has been keeping the beat for NBC’s Frasier show for almost ten years. As a player for Promise Keeper’s Men’s Christian Ministry at live stadium worship concerts, John can be heard on their albums for the past eight years. He was also recently featured on Rod Stewart’s Standards album.

John’s resume also sports a wide range of studio work.  He performs as a session musician for film, television shows, and commercials.  His music library credits include tracks for Bronx Zoo, ESPN, The Gambler, Star Search, Raiders of The Lost Ark, Rolling Vengeance, The Young & The Restless, The Warriors, Acura, Budweiser, Honda, McDonalds, Miller Beer, Nissan, and many more.


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