Instructor of Jazz Drums
Hi my name is John Rush. I am a highly motivated professional music educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past twenty-five years, I have been employed in the public and private school systems in Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange Counties teaching various instrumental music classes from kindergarten through twelve grades.
I have a Bachelor of Education in Music from CSU Long Beach and recently received a Masters of Arts degree in Education Administration from Concordia University Irvine. With a background in music performance and a pioneer in music education, I am recently accredited with the 2015 Jazz Educator of the Year Award from 88.1 KKJZ and the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB and received Teacher of the Year in 1998 from the Val Verde Unified School District. I was the director of the 2015 All Star Middle School Jazz Band from SCSBOA and Co-directed the PYLUSD elementary honor Band in 2017.
I am highly proficient in all percussion instruments, especially drum set and possess skills on piano and a collection of brass and woodwind instruments. In addition, I’ve been a professional percussionist/drummer for over 40 years. I have performed with such artists as Mike Love from the Beach Boys, Jan from Jan and Dean, John Stamos, Eric Marienthal, Wayne Bergeron, and many more. I am currently in a music educator’s Latin jazz band called EdCode, a steel drum band called “Island Hopping” and I have played in several jazz, rock and blues bands in the Southern California area.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I strongly believe that music has the power to change lives, to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. I have been an adjudicator for the Irvine and Westlake Jazz Festivals since 2015 and clinic several band and orchestra programs from Moorpark to San Juan Capistrano and counties in-between.
I’m very excited and honored to be on staff at the SoCal Jazz Academy and will work diligently to meet the needs of the program and guide my students to new heights in there musical abilities.