john marrella

john M.

Broadview, IL
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
No matter what age, or skill level, i will give the student what he/she needs to have a solid foundation. I develop a great rapport with all of my students. Drum(s) include; snare drum work (if you can't wail on one drum more drums won't matter!), this includes reading, rudiments, you know, the good stuff. Drum set work, from beginner to advanced, goes along with snare work, all styles. Mallet percussion, bells, xylophone, marimba. hand percussion, bongos, congas, hand held small percussion.
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john delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1982

I enjoy sharing my love and passion for music with others! I have instructed privately for over 27 years. I have instructed in music store studios, my home studio, and in-home lessons. I have instructed in public, private and charter school systems; class room and privately. Besides performing, instruction (passing it on) is my passion.
I have been performing professionally for over 35 years. I have toured nationally and internationally. I have been a full time self employed musician since 1987.


Private Music Instructor
Sep 1996 - Present
Kagan and Gaines Music Co

Instructing Music/Drums and Percussion

Private Music Instructor
Sep 1982 - Present
J. J. M. Co. (self employed independent contractor)

Instructing Music/Drums and Percussion from a home studio, at music stores, at private schools, and public schools.

Professional Music Performance
Jan 1971 - Present
J. J. M. Co. (self employed independent contractor)

Performance of Drums, Percussion, and Vocals professionally since childhood. Paid performances in all types of groups, for all types of gigs.

Drummer/Band Member
Mar 1991 - May 1997
Lovin' Spoonful

Full time exclusive drummer and band member of the Lovin' Spoonful. International and national touring. Headlining stadium concerts, live stadium concert telecasts, headlining Vegas ticked shows, fests, fairs, corporate events all over the world.


On The Job Training
Sep 1972 - Present
Professional Musician
AA program in Theater Arts
Aug 1977 - Jun 1979
College of DuPage
Private student of Duanne Thamm
Sep 1970 - Jun 1979
Duanne Thamm drums and percussion private instructor


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


All-Around Jazz Band All Star DRums and Percussion
May 1976
Illinois High Scool Jazz Band Festival


Percussive Arts Society, The
Sep 1972

We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.

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Photos & Videos

a solo i performed for my students, their parents, and guests at the end of their annual recital.
a solo for my students, their parents, and guests at the end of their annual recital that i present.
just me

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Photo by john M.

Photo by john M.
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Brian Lenart Feb 22, 2016
Drum · In studio

John is fantastic teacher and very knowledgeable about music. He has a great rapport with his students. My daughter is very enthusiastic about her drum lessons with John every week and always looks forward to it. I would highly recommend John to anyone interested in music lessons.

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Michael D. Jul 7, 2015
Drum · In home

Not only is John an off-the-charts professional drummer, he's a fantastic human being as well! He loves music and it comes through in the lessons! In 35 years of playing and hanging around wannabees, John is the genuine musician! Anyone really wanting to learn correctly needs John. I recommend him 100%.

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