John Toomey has been studying and performing drumset for over fifteen years. Originally from Mobile, Alabama, John studied with John Papastefan, director of percussion at the University of South Alabama. Johnís hunger to perform with a variety of bands in multiple genres, prepared him for the next stage in his career.
When the opportunity arrived, John Toomey moved to New Orleans, Louisiana in July of 2002 to study jazz and classical styles at Loyola University New Orleans. While in school, he found himself performing around New Orleans with many of his peers. However, after hurricane Katrina, John decided to move to Nashville, Tennessee.
Since then, John Toomey has finished up his degree in Commercial Music Performance and Music Business at Belmont University. Whether itís touring, studio recording, or educating and inspiring with his drum clinics, Johnís career is constantly pushing forward.
Gigs: Currently, John Toomey is performing with and tour managing Warner Brotherís recording artist, Jason Jones. He has toured with American Idol Alum, Josh Gracin as well as Curb recording artist, ďBomshelĒ between 2006 and 2007. Bomshel took John Toomey around the United States as well as Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. John is also performing and recording with four time smooth jazz grammy nominee , Denny Jiosa. You can catch him with The Dillon Dixon Band, and the up-and-coming Nashville rock band, Mannah. John is always looking for new artists to share his talents with.
Educational Resources: John Toomey released his first Drum Instructional video, Footwork: Developing 6-Way Independence. It is available now. In addition, John has written and published drumset performance columns for the Melbay webzine Percussion Sessions.
He has also held drumset clinics for middle and high school students across the southeast.