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John Lluvera

john@gridbookpercussion.com
John's approach to teaching percussion is simple,  personal, and develops leadership skills as well as musical skills. His philosophy revolves around 100% participation towards greatness and inspires his students to work hard for what they believe in. John’s performance background includes instruction from world renowned music educators such as Mr. Frank T. Williams III, Colin McNutt, and Mr. Robert McCormick, and has instructed some of the best ensembles in the world including the Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps, Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory for the Arts, and the Infinity Indoor Percussion Ensemble.

ABOUT JOHN

John Lluvera, an educator, performer, and clinician, began his knowledge of percussion in St. Petersburg, Fl. His middle school career at Bay Point Middle School commenced the beginning of his marching and orchestral percussion education. Led by Band Director Mr. Everard Harris, John Lluvera was introduced to show style drumming and marching band performance. In addition to his fundamental training, John Lluvera also became a charter member of the Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church Drumline and attended the Florida A&M Marching 100 Summer Band Camp where he was awarded with the Department of Music’s Best Over All Section Award.
In his high school years 2001 to 2005, John Lluvera attended Boca Ciega High School. In his tenure with the with the world renown Mr. Frank T. Williams III, John Lluvera’s passion for music met an immeasurable amount of opportunity. Under Mr. Williams’s guidance, John Lluvera participated in Jazz Band(vibes), Jazz Combo(vibes), Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and the Fighting Pirates Marching Band holding the Percussion Section leader position for four years. John Lluvera also seaked out additional performance opportunities and played with the Pinellas County’s All-County Wind Ensemble and performed multiple solos at the Florida Bandmasters Association Solo & Ensemble Festival. In 2003 John Lluvera became a member and toured with the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps. Under the direction of Colin McNutt and Ian Moyer John Lluvera had the rare opportunity to be apart of both the front ensemble and drumline allowing him to expand his knowledge base in the marching arts and orchestral percussion idioms. His hard work and dedication paid off because he received the 2003 Aveids Zildjian most outstanding cymbal player of the year award. The following spring of 2004, John Lluvera performed with the USF Indoor Percussion Theater. Through the guidance of Ron Lambert, John Lluvera played snare drum and the ensemble placed third in their class at the Miami WGI Regional. With a passion of learning, John Lluvera traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to march bass drum with Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2005 after graduating from Boca Ciega High School. John Lluvera received world class instruction from Colin McNutt, Ian Moyer, and Lee Beddis. Another pay was in stored because the drum corps placed third in the percussion caption at the Drum Corps International’s World Finals held in Providence, Rhode Island at the Gillette Stadium.
In the fall of 2005, John Lluvera continued his education and began attending the University of South Florida, where he was able to work one on one with the world renown percussionist, Mr. Robert McCormick. John Lluvera also participated in multiple ensembles at the University including Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and The University of South Florida Herd of Thunder Marching Band. John Lluvera used his education from performing in various ensembles and began expanding his teaching and percussion arranging in and around Tampa Bay area. In the summer of 2006, he continued to participate in DCI and marched tenors at the Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. Under the direction of Jeff Willis, he was appointed as the tenor tech midway through the touring season and earned his first DCI teaching experience. John Lluvera ended his drum corps experience with Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 2007 where he served as the center snare and percussion section leader.
The years proceeding his DCI experience, John Lluvera has performed at the PAS Florida Day of Percussion, McCormick’s Magic Marimba Festival, Saint Petersburg College Percussion Ensemble, Saint Petersburg Wind Ensemble, St. Petersburg Opera Company, where he has served as a principle percussionist, and the Plant City Community Choir Orchestra. He has provided group lessons for the youth at Ruth Eckerd Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Private percussion lessons, and has been a percussion consultant for the Spokane Thunder Drum and Bugle Corps. John Lluvera became an established percussion educator. He has served as an instructor at various schools in Pinellas, Pasco, Bradenton, and Orange County Public Schools. In the spring of 2010 John Lluvera began his adjudication career by serving as a judge in the annual Atalanta Chop Central Drumline Competition.
Currently, John Lluvera is completing a percussion work book series (The Grid Book Series) and developing a new source for experiencing percussion media on the Internet (PercussionVids.com). He continues to be a percussion educator year around with J.W. Mitchell and Lakewood Ranch High Schools and is growing a broad private lessons studio via Skype.

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

2006-2007 | Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps 
Snare Drum (Battery Captain)

2005 | Central Florida Community College
Symphonic Band, Jazz Band (Drumset)

2004 | Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps
Snare Drum (Battery Captain)

2003 | Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps
Snare Drum

2002 - 2003 | North Marion HS
Snare Drum (Band President, Percussion Section Leader)

2001 | North Marion HS
Snare Drum

2000 | North Marion HS
Bass Drum

2000 - 2004 | North Marion HS
Symphonic Band

2000 - 2004 | North Marion HS
Jazz Ensemble (Drumset)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

ENSEMBLES

2023 | Infinity Percussion
Battery Consultant

2022 | Infinity Percussion
Battery Consultant

2021 | Infinity Percussion
Snare Technician

2019 | Kell HS
Percussion Consultant

2013 - 2018 | Tarpon Springs HS
Battery Coordinator

2009 - 2011 | J.W. Mitchell HS
Percussion Instructor

2011 | Land O Lakes HS
Percussion Instructor

2010 | Lakewood Ranch HS
Percussion Instructor

2008 | 
Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps
Snare Technician

2006 | Westport HS
Percussion Director

2005 | North Marion HS
Percussion Director

CLINICS, LESSONS, EDUCATION BOOTHS, JUDGING

2022 | Infinity Summer Clinic
Infinity Percussion


2019 | Gridbook Clinic
Kell High School Band Camp

2019 | Gridbook Clinic
DCI Finals D’addario Lot Experience

2018 | Hit Like A Girl Contest
Marching Percussion Judge

2018 | SEAVINE Cymbal Scholarship
Scholarship Judge

2018 | 39th Annual University Of Hawaii Rainbow Invitational
Percussion Judge

2018 | Gridbook Clinic
University Of Hawaii

2018 | Gridbook Clinic
DCI Finals D’addario Lot Experience

2017 | Florida Marching Percussion Academy
Clinician, Curriculum Development

2016 | WGI Finals
Mini Clinic @ Gridbook Education Booth

2015 | PASIC (San Antonio)
Gridbook Mini Clinic @ Gridbook Education Booth

2015 | North Florida Day of Percussion
Mini Clinic @ Gridbook Education Booth

2015 | WGI Finals
Mini Clinic @ Gridbook Education Booth

2014 | WGI Finals
Mini Clinic @ Gridbook Education Booth

2013 | WGI Finals
Mini Clinic @ Gridbook Education Booth

2013 | Gridbook Master Class
University of Southern Alabama

2013 | Gridbook Master Class
University of Central Florida

2013 | Gridbook Master Class
University of South Florida

2013 | Gridbook Master Class
FAMU

2013 | Gridbook Master Class
FIU

2013 | Gridbook Master Class
South Florida Center for Percussive Arts

2013 | Treasure Coast Percussion Camp
Clinician

2013 | FFCC Percussion Focus West
Gridbook Clinic Sponsored by Drumlines Of America

2013 | PAS Florida Day of Percussion
Mini Clinic @ Grid Book Education Booth

2005 | The Music Station
Drum Set Instructor

ARRANGING EXPERIENCE

2006 | Westport High School
Percussion Arranger

2003 - 2005 | North Marion High School
Percussion Arranger

ACCOLADES & AWARDS

2022 | DCI World Championships Fred Sanford Award 
Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps

2018 | The Grid Book Series featured in Rhythm & Drums Magazine In Japan
Gridbook Percussion

2015 | “Play With The Rays” project wins AIA Artisan Award (Marimba Bench Concept)
The Urban Conga

2015 | Marimba Bench debuts on the Tampa Bay River Walk (Straz Center)
The Urban Conga

2015 | “Play With The Rays” (Marimba Bats) project debuts at Tropicana Field
The Urban Conga

2014 | The Grid Book Series featured on DCI.ORG
Gridbook Percussion

2014 | BOA Grand National Champion (1st Place)
Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory For The Arts

2013 | Sponsored by Pearl Drums Co.
Gridbook Percussion

2007 | 3rd Place Division III DCI World Championship
Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps

2006 | Grand Finalist, Division III DCI World Championships
Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps

2006 | “Spirit of Disney” Award, DCI World Championships
Teal Sound Drum & Bugle Corps

COLLABORATIONS

2018 | A Day With Documentary
Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps

2018 | A Day With Documentary
Broken City Indoor Percussion

2018 | A Day With Documentary
Chino Hills HS

2016 | A Day With Documentary
Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps

2015 | A Day With Documentary
Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps

2015 | A Day With Documentary
Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps

2012 - 2016 | A Day With Documentary
The Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps

WORK WITH JOHN

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