John got his passion for Taiko in 2008 while he was working in Japan on the JET Programme. He had the opportunity to learn and perform Taiko drumming with his community Taiko group in Yubetsu, Hokkaido after discovering it at a local festival. For a year, he studied and performed in various shows and festivals. He joined Midnight Taiko Kai in 2012 after returning to Calgary and continued to deepen his appreciation for Japanese drumming by helping to manage the group. He strives to expand his drumming and performance skills, attend international workshops to study under different sensei, learn more about the history and culture of the art, and share his passion for Taiko drumming with others.
John was with Midnight Taiko as a performer from 2012 to 2017 and as Managing Director from 2014-2017. He re-joined the group in 2020. He is also a member of Dahaza, based out of Vancouver, BC.