Cruise Ships


Starting in 2015, John was introduced to life at sea, performing on Cruise Ships based all over the world. This line of work has seen him play for West End/Broadway scale production shows, in-house cabaret-style production shows, guest entertainers, big bands, marching bands and dixieland sets.

Ship: Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
Itinerary: East / West Caribbean, Mexico
Show: Chicago (2015)

Ship: Liberty of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
Itinerary: USA, Canada, Bermuda
Show: Saturday Night Fever (2015)

Ship: Mariner of the Seas (Royal Caribbean International)
Itinerary: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Japan, S. Korea, Vietnam
Show: Gallery of Dreams, Center Stage (2015-16)



As a session drummer, John has performed with numerous bands:

Function Bands:

  • Duality Music UK - a 3-piece band accompanying various West End vocalists for weddings, functions and livestreams
  • The Ben Beddoes Big Band - a full-size big band made up of ex-military and West End session players, performing a large range of swing, jazz, funk and Latin
  • Loose Change - an 8-piece international touring function band
  • DDFK Oktoberfest Band - a modern oompah/schlager band
  • The London Monkeys - an original comedy jazz/cabaret band based in London
  • Rhonda Merrick & The Great Unkown - (dep) a festival-focused originals ensemble
  • First Avenue - a 3-piece weddings and function band
  • The Blues Project - a 12-bar blues band
  • Dakota - (dep) a 5-piece "old-school" rock band

Big Bands / Wind Orchestras:

  • London Music Theatre Orchestra
  • The Phil Dando Big Band (dep)
  • London Gay Symphonic Winds (dep)
  • Amersham Brass Band (dep)
  • Canterbury Christ Church Uni Big Band (dep)
  • The Ben Beddoes Big Band
  • The Lisa James Big Band
  • The Roger Luxton Dance Band
  • Medway Youth Wind Orchestra
  • The BYG Big Band - (dep)
  • The Forest Fire Big Band - (dep)
  • The John Ongom Big Band - (dep)
  • Invicta Jazz Orchestra (IJO) - (dep)