John was a graduate of Queens College. He was a former member of the snare line of the New York Skyliners and Our Lady of Grace, Hoboken. NJ. He was the M&M instructor for the Bridgemen, Blessed Sacrament, Wynn Center Toppers and many other junior corps. He was a Chief judge for the National Judges Association and the DCA judging group. He was the original Quality Control Director of the DCA.