John has performed and/or recorded with talent from all genres of music, including Fun., The Format, Reubens Accomplice, Jimmy Eat World, Schuyler Fisk, Mandy Moore, Rachel Yamagata, Chris Stills, Ben Lee, Sing Orpheus, Wayne Krantz, Percy Jones, Kenny Werner, Tony Malaby, Sam Pilafian, The Boston Brass, Steve Kimmock, and Matt Maher. He also currently performs on the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
. He has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
, The Late Late Show with Craig Fergusen
, The Martha Stewart Show
, The View
, and Live with Regis and Kelly
John prides himself on his studio work, where he's collaborated with Paul Ebersold (3 Doors Down, Sister Hazel, Spacehog), Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, The Pixies), Jim Adkins (Jimmy Eat World), Steve McDonald (Redd Kross), Clark Rigsby (Tower of Power), Chris Fudurich (Nada Surf, Britney Spears), Chris Keup (Jason Mraz), and John Alagia (John Mayer, Rachel Yamagata, Dave Matthews Band), to name a few. Some recordings he's particularly proud of include Fun.'s Aim and Ignite, The Format's Dog Problems, Schuyler Fisk's Blue Ribbon Winner, and Reubens Accomplice's Sons of Men.
John also runs an online drum recording service, Boom Crash Drum Tracks, from his studio in Warminster, PA, where John records drums for people all over the world, via the internet.
John has been playing music nearly his whole life. Piano and violin were his first instruments, but he gravitated to his father's drumset at an early age and began studying privately in high school while maintaining the violin training that began at age 8. He studied jazz drumset and percussion at Arizona State University under the tutelage of pianist Chuck Marohnic, drummer Dom Moio, percussionist J. B. Smith, saxophonist Tony Malaby, bassist Joel DiBartolo, guitarist Frank Vignola, and tubist Sam Pilafian. John has studied drumset privately with Tom Brechtlein, Jeff Hamilton, Joe LaBarbera, Jim Chapin, Steve Houghton, and Peter Erskine.
John's first teacher was his father, John O'Reilly Sr., a co-author of Alfred Music Publishing's world-renowned Yamaha Band Student and Accent on Achievement concert band methods, in addition to the Strictly Strings string method and numerous concert band and orchestra pieces that are performed worldwide. John Jr. inherited his father's passion for music education, leading to his employment at Alfred Music Publishing for nearly 10 years. From 2006-2010, John was the pop drum editor at Alfred Music Publishing, where he edited and produced various products including The Commandments of Early Rhythm and Blues (Zoro / Daniel Glass), the On the Beaten Path series of books (Rich Lackowski), Universal Rhythms (Dave DiCenso), and drumset transcriptions for the entire catalog of Led Zeppelin. In 2012, John co-authored the newest book in Alfred Music Publishing's On the Beaten Path series with Rich Lackowski, On the Beaten Path: Jazz.
John has taught drumset lessons privately since 1997. Currently, John lives in Doylestown, PA and continues to record, teach, and perform locally and abroad.
John is endorsed by Vic Firth drumsticks, Evans drumheads, and Istanbul Agop cymbals.
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