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John Laspina

Biography

John is a New Yorker that has played with many original acts and is the timekeeper of Emerald
Rising. Currently, he also plays with renown 80’s tribute band Rubix Kube and Bad Animals
(The Heart Tribute). He has shared the stage with artists such as Jeff Scott Soto, Dennis De
Young, Rick Springfield and Brett Michaels and has made various TV appearances including
Fuse TV and The Today Show.  John started playing drums at 8 years old and studied formally
with several drum instructors including Al Miller and Howie Mann. He cites Liberty Devitto,

Carmine Appice, Simon Phillips, Stewart Copeland and Nicko McBrain as early influences;
many more influential drummers would follow in the genres of jazz, funk, country, prog
rock and fusion. John uses Pearl drums, Sabian cymbals, Evans heads, Vic Firth sticks and
Roland electronics.

About Emerald Rising

Emerald Rising brings back that 70’s flavored hard rockin heavy guitar riffs with driving
rhythms and power vocals. The band consists of seasoned musicians from Long Island, NY who
have toured all over the world with other bands. All the members have played with each other in
different projects for many years. Emerald Rising was formed in 2017 by guitarist Tom
Cavanagh and vocalist Daena D. As the song writing progressed, they realized it was time to
rock with a full band. They added Chris Parrett on bass and John LaSpina on drums. This
powerful quartet is working hard recording at DCity Studios and Bent Pussycat Studios in
Huntington, NY and will release their first collection of 10 songs in December 2019. You can
check out “Enough” their first video that was released October 31, 2019 on YouTube and their
Facebook page. The band is gearing up to do several dates in 2020 coming to a city near you!!!
Keep tuning in for updates and show announcements. This band is a must see and defines the
definition of hard rock!!!!