John Sturino, (b. 1994) is an American drummer, vibraphonist, arranger, composer, and educator based in New York City. From performing the music of Frank Zappa with Zappa alumnus Arthur Barrow to international touring with the One O’Clock Lab Band, Sturino has established himself as a dynamic and versatile performer on multiple instruments. Sturino was a finalist in the Detroit Jazz Festival J.C. Heard Drumset Competition in 2017.
Sturino maintains a regular schedule as a music educator. He teaches as faculty for the Stanford Jazz Workshop and was recently a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas. Sturino also co-founded the Kenosha Jazz All-Stars, an annual summer youth program in his own hometown that brings jazz education and performance experience to middle and high school age students. Sturino currently keeps a virtual private lesson studio from his space in Brooklyn.
Sturino is also establishing himself as a budding jazz composer and arranger through his recently established large ensemble BLOW GLOBE, with plans to record a debut studio album. He continues to take on commission works from notable professional and student-level jazz ensembles. In 2020, Sturino was awarded a Commission Grant for a new large ensemble work from ISJAC (International Society of Jazz Arrangers and Composers) to be debuted at their 2022 symposium.
Sturino holds a B.M. in Jazz Performance and M.M. in Jazz Arranging from the University of North Texas, where he studied with Ed Soph, Ed Smith, and Rich DeRosa.
John Sturino is a Yamaha Drums Artist and Vic Firth Educational Artist.