John Upcraft

John Upcraft

John Upcraft was born in 1964 and is a native of southern California. He was practically born with drum sticks in his hands. “I can’t remember a time where I wasn’t banging on something”. John had an older brother who was 14 years older than him so rock music was always being played in the house. John would spend hours beating on anything in the house to the radio or his moms Elvis records. At the age of 4 he received his first drum set for Christmas and tried to get lessons. After months of searching because no one wanted to teach a 4 year old, they finally found one who agreed to give one lesson. “He drew on my hands where the sticks should be and I refused to wash my hands for a week”. That one lesson turned into 5 years until the instructor moved. John then moved to several teachers for the next 10 years learning everything he could. When john was 8 he began learning the rhythms of the Polynesian islands while his sisters learned the dances. In 1974 they had a 2 year run at Disneyland Hotel putting on Hawaiian entertainment in the summer. In Jr. High and high school John played in school band and jazz band and numerous rock bands outside of school.

Throughout the 80’s John emerged himself in the L.A. metal scene playing at all the classic venues around the area. In 1989 he put the sticks down temporarily to enroll in The Institute of Audio & Video Engineering. After graduating, he landed a job at Sound Mixer Recording Studios in Orange County California. He has been Chief Engineer for the last 15 years. It was through his love for recording that sparked his next move to being a session player. John has stayed busy both on the drum kit and behind the board; playing on many Cd’s and single tracks.

In 2006 while filling in at his church, he was asked to join full time with the band and from here his career has moved in another direction. After the music director retired, John was appointed to the position. He currently is director of the worship arts at Cornerstone Community Church in Chino Ca. God opened up a lot of doors to meet other musicians and in the fall of 2008 John join the band Edge of Tomorrow. “We are a Christian band made up of musicians from different churches in the area with the goal of taking the message we would normally do in a church setting and taking it outside the church”. Edge of Tomorrow is currently out promoting their current release “Never Be The Same” throughout southern California.