At the age of 13, J. D. started playing drums when he acquired his first drum kit and hasn’t stopped since. He joined the neighborhood band, took lessons, and studied with Bob Bundy, former instructor at Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. His passion for drumming took off when he played for local middle and high school dances as well as Battle of the Bands talent contests.
When J.D. turned 18, he immediately found himself in the club circuit playing in local rock bands Splash, Manta, and Ivory. In 1984, he got a taste of country music with the band, The Sidewinders. In 1985, it was back to rock with LP The Band playing for five years all over Wisconsin and Michigan. They played Summerfest, The Attic West, and other high-profile venues, even landing two 6-week stints in St. Thomas, USVI, in 1987 and 1988. In the early 1990’s, J.D. found himself playing ‘50s/’60s music in The Rockin’ Robbins at least five nights a week as the house band at Kiko’s Lounge. From there, he immersed himself in blues joining The Casper Blues Band for five years. Rounding out the century, J.D. played at Summerfest, private parties, and country clubs with the Top 40 band, Exhibit A.
Later on, J.D. spent time in bands Area 51 and The Back Alley Blues Band just prior to joining The Rocky Mountain Oyster Band in 2012, a country rock band.
J. D. joined the classic rock band, Beyond Billy/Billy Shears Band, in May of 2013, and plays parties, clubs, and the Woodtick Festival in Michigan.