Born into a musical family, John Wackerman continues the musical legacy. It started with his father Chuck, a music teacher for over 45 years, and continues on with his three brothers: Chad (drums - Frank Zappa, Barbara Streisand, Allan Holdsworth) Bob (bass - Maynard Ferguson, Kiko Matzui, Henry Mancini) and Brooks (drums - Bad Religion, Avril Lavigne, Suicidal Tendencies).
Starting piano lessons at the age of five was John's introduction into performance, but his true passion for percussion began when his father decided to sell his boat to purchase a vibraphone. "My mom and dad would drive me to all my lessons and music competitions and were very supportive," John said in a recent interview. "I was doing all of these private lessons and going to school and things were really hectic, but it taught me persistence, focus and determination." John studied under such greats as: Ruth Ritchie (mallets), Murray Spivack (classical snare drum), Chuck Flores (drum set independence), Charlie Shoemaker (jazz studies), and Earl Hatch (classical marimba).
At age 16, John joined the Bill Watrous Big Band and from there moved onto playing with Maynard Ferguson, Kazumi Watanabe, Bunny Brunel, Patrick Moraz (Moody Blues, Yes), and Lindsey Buckingham (of Fleetwood Mac). John also played on the Grammy-nominated album African Choir-Two Worlds, as well as a number of sessions, including Mad About You, Comic Strip Live, Family Matters, Amen, Sea World, IBM, Nissan, Virtual Pool, Shock It, Lens Crafters, Disney, CNN, Circo, Generation X, Cartoon Circus, and LA Fitness.
John has been in the studio and is currently working on a drum duet album with such great artists as: Steve Gadd, Alex Acuna, Ricky Lawson, Clayton Cameron, John Ferraro, Chad Wackerman, Adrian Young, Josh Freese, Brooks Wackerman, and a host of others. John is also making a transcription book of all these great solos to follow the release of the album.