Brad is the drummer for the Grammy Nominated Rock band The Patrick Jaouen Band. I have been in numerous bands in the past including a touring band that has had a song that was featured on UFC. I started my love for drums at an early age taking after his father who was also a drummer. I grew up in a family that included my brother Brian, who is multiple handicapped. I had involved myself with helping handicapped kids as a Special Olympics coach and trainer. Brian was the inspiration for doing Hitting Circles. After hearing Jon on a podcast discuss his teaching method of hitting circles to the handicapped, I reached out to Jon about being a part of Hitting Circles. These special students have talents that people don not realize that they possess. A smile on the face of these special students has a far more accomplishment to me than any stage at any venue at any level could ever bring to me.
Hi my name is Jon! I'm the drummer of the Rock band Tantric, as well as Triple Addiction, Billy Wilkins, and many other projects. For the past 10 years of my life, I have traveled all over the country, playing live shows, and recording music. My second passion is working as a drum instructor. I have been teaching the drums for 5 years. I graduated with my AFA in music from Raritan Valley Community College in 2018. My background in teaching spans all types of students. Particularly, I work with students who have disabilities, and mental handicaps. Working with them is what makes my job so meaningful. My students in that category are some of the brightest, most talented, and genuine students I know. They love the drums, love learning, and practice hard. When Brad approached me about Hitting Circles, I was beyond excited to take my platform, whatever that might be, and use it to work with more young people with special needs. It makes everything I have done behind the drum kit worth it when I can help a kid achieve his/her dream. Hitting Circles is a great project, and I am so blessed to be a part of it.