John Sturino is a 2014 – 2015 SJW Jazz Mentor and is entering his second year as a faculty member. John is a drummer and vibraphonist originally from Kenosha, WI. John studied drumset and classical piano extensively with Mark Pulice and Patricia Callahan-Schmidt, respectively. He was selected as the drummer for the 2012 Jazz Band of America, under the direction of John Clayton. Since the fall of 2012 John has been attending the University of North Texas, studying primarily with Ed Soph.