John Doing's "…excellent drumset work…" and "…tasteful and unselfish…" percussion has been heard all around the U.S., and in Europe, South America, the Caribbean, and Africa. John received his Master of Music degree in the Jazz and Contemporary Music department at New York University. As a recipient of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation Scholarship, he studied drumset, percussion, vibraphone, and piano with Dafnis Prieto, Stefon Harris, John Hadfield, and Jean-Michel Pilc. He performed with Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, Lenny Pickett, Brad Shepik, and John Benitez. John’s busy performance schedule in New York has included The Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca- Cola, Symphony Space, The Public Theater, Brooklyn Bowl, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bar Next Door, DROM, Casa Mezcal, Pianos, Sullivan Hall, and more.
In 2012, John was Adjunct Faculty at New York University where he taught "Afro-Latin Rhythms" class and private lessons to Undergraduate and Masters students. In 2008, he was assistant director of the University of Wisconsin Afro-Cuban Ensemble. John started teaching drumming classes for underprivileged youth in 2004 and has been doing so ever since. He has worked with the Wisconsin Youth Company, Madison Area School District, New York Department of Education, YMCA, Girl Scouts of America, Global Arts To Go, BELL, Camba, University Settlement, and many other organizations.
John Doing was born in Amsterdam, Holland, where his father worked as an opera singer. While listening to vocal warm-ups and concert arias, his mother (a school music teacher) taught John rhythms and rhymes. A natural musician, John was soon singing, tapping, and beat-boxing and improvising his own melodies.
He moved to the U.S. in 1995 and instantly fell in love with American pop, rock, and R&B music. John received a scholarship to attended the University of Wisconsin School of Music where he was introduced to contemporary Western music, World music, and Jazz. John excelled in the World Percussion Ensemble, exploring songs and rhythms from Brazil, Cuba, and the Middle East. He developed a passion for World music, and began traveling to study more.
In Brazil he studied with eight different teachers for three months in Rio, Salvador, and Recife. In Recife, he joined the band of Nildo Ribeiro and performed on various stages around the city for Carnaval. In Guinea, West Africa, John studied djembe and performed daily in weddings, events, and clubs. In Bamako, Mali he studied and recorded with djembefola Abdoul Doumbia. In 2011, John toured in Peru with the Afro-Peruvian band “Chilcano”, performing in Lima and Cuzco and studying with members of Peru Negro.
As a full-time musician throughout his first degree, John spent six years in the WI National Guard Band, where he directed the rock band and toured annually. He was an accompanist at the University of Wisconsin Dance Department, where he was commissioned by Jin-Wen Yu (choreographer) to write Metabolic Dances (2009). Throughout this time he played drumset and percussion with many different groups around the Mid-West. He performed with Chuchito Valdez (Cuba), Guillermo Anderson (Honduras), and Bolokada Conde (Guinea). John earned a Madison Area Music Award in 2009 for “Instrumentalist of the Year”.
John co-founded Spectrum Percussion Trio, which gave a lecture performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2009, and tours annually to give masterclasses at university percussion programs around the U.S. (including Juilliard Percussion Seminar and University of Michigan). Based on John’s West African compositions for the trio, The University of Minnesota at Moorhead State Percussion Ensemble commissioned Spectrum Trio and John Doing to write "Mali Denou: Children of Mali (2010)".