From playing in ensembles and bands, recording studio and live projects at Duquesne University, performing with the Red Masquer theatre group, running sound in Manchester, New Hampshire, and working at Sweetwater Sound Inc., John has gain very valuable experience as an engineer, musician, and professional in the music industry.
In the Spring of 2017, John was asked to accompany the Voices of Spirit choir across Pennsylvania to record the choir in Johnstown and Philadelphia. During this tour, John would film and record the choir singing in various spaces. This tour proved to John that he had a passion for doing live recordings as well as studio recordings because he found that the choir did not alter their performance integrity just because there were microphones in front of them.
John enjoys being able to be on both sides of the glass in the studio because he uses his knowledge as a musician while engineering and vise versa. John’s favorite session that he has played on is his performance with vocalist Kate Kratzenberg on a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Outside of the studio, John and Kate have performed as a duo across Pennsylvania.
Outside of his studies at Duquesne University, John was a live sound engineer at the North Hills Community Baptist Church in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. John was hired as a senior in high school and has worked at the church all through his collegiate career. At NHCBC, John has engineered large and solo performances, performed himself, and redesigned the way the church runs its audio needs.
Immediately after graduation John moved to Fort Wayne, IN where he was hired as a Sweetwater Sales Engineer and went through Sweetwater University: a thirteen week employee training program of intensive audio and instrument training from coworkers and vendors such as Avid, Yamaha, Techrep Marketing, Sound Marketing, and more. John’s favorite moment in Sweetwater University was when he got to learn about the University of Notre Dame’s extensive audio set-up across their sports facilities first hand at the university. While working at Sweetwater, John continued producing and recording projects with his coworkers and fellow musician friends.
Since leaving Sweetwater Sound in 2019, John has returned to Pittsburgh to work with the local IATSE chapter as a stagehand in venues such as PPG Paints Arena, The Benedum Center, and more. He has had the honor to work with bands like the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and national theatre tours such as RENT. Up until COVID-19 Pandemic John worked in venues for various theatre shows and tours in the Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia area primarily as a carpenter and electrician.
Currently John is the Pro Audio Sales and Installer at N Stuff Music in Blawnox, PA. There he works with clients on getting the gear they need for personal or commercial events and offers install services to those that need a more complex set up.