John Laspina


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 very talented musicians from New York who have come together to create their unique sound and style. Emerald Rising was formed in 2018 by vocalist Daena D and guitarist Thomas Michael Cavanagh. 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 recorded their first self-titled debut at DCity Studios and Bent Pussycat Studios in Huntington, NY and released their first collection of 10 songs in July 2021. Click the video tab above to view their videos or visit their YouTube and Facebook page…Don’t forget to Like and Subscribe!!! Keep tuning in for updates and show announcements.  Their explosive chemistry live on stage generate sounds and tones that get much attention! This band is a must see!!! Emerald Rising redefines hard rock!