John Smykowski began playing drums at the age of5.He started out in a Drum and Bugle corp on Long Island known as the St. Patrick’s Blue Lancers. There he learned to play snare drum for 16 years, winning the Northeastern State Snare Drum Solo Championship 11times. His love for drum corp made him choose music as his career.
Currently, John studies at Adelphi University and willbe receiving his Bachelors degree in Music Education this spring. John studies all percussion including drum set, snare, timpani, mallets, and multi-percussion. Currently John works at Walt Whitman High School where heteaches the Drum line for the Wildcat Marching Band. While going to school and teaching on the side, John still remains very active in the performance world.
John is the Principle Student Percussionist for the Adelphi Symphony Orchestra as well as Student Percussionist in the Adelphi Concert Band, and Jazz Ensemble. He also stays very active in the Drum Corp world having just completed a season with the Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni Corp, and now auditing for the Hawthorne Caballeros Competing Corp.