John Emrich has been studying drums and percussion since 1972. He grew up performing with regional jazz and rock bands in the Chicago area.
In 1986, John Emrich was selected for and joined the Navy as a musician. After graduating from The Navy School of Music, he was assigned to The Navy Band at Great Lakes. In 1989, John won a position with The Naval Academy Band where he was a drum set instrumentalist, percussionist, and one of the drum majors. In 1993, John transfered to Washington, DC as a featured member of The U.S. Navy Band. In 2006, he retired as a Chief Musician.
John Emrich has been involved with concert sound reinforcement and recording - working with acts such as Tony Bennett, Bob Hope, Chicago, The Moody Blues, The Smithereens, and Tesla. In addition, as a member of The Washington Winds, he has been featured on numerous recordings for Walking Frog Records as well as recordings for Warner Bros., FJH, and Barnhouse Publications.
John Emrich is nationally recognized as an instrumentalist, clinician, and teacher. He has performed throughout the world including performances for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Pope John Paul II, The Crown Prince of Norway and visiting heads of state.
Presently, John Emrich is a driving force in the electronic drum community. In 2006, FXpansion released the first two of John's sample libraries receiving worldwide critical acclaim. He continues to advance the overall development of electronic percussion - including work with Zendrum, Muse Receptor, and The-Freddy.