Originally from Detroit, Michigan, John initially studied classical music with composition professor Sally Dow Miller of Conservatoire de Paris. In 1996 he traveled to Boston, where he continued his studies in musical composition and film scoring at prestigious Berklee College Of Music. After graduating, John headed to Los Angeles where he was able to serve minor roles along side some of the industries most prestigious composers, including Jerry Goldsmith, John Williams, and Hans Zimmers Remote Control Productions. Since John has written a range of film and television scores on his own. In 2012 he was honored with an Annie Award for Best Score for the award winning television series Dreamworks Dragons: Riders Of Berk, which is based off of the Academy Awarding winning film How To Train Your Dragon. He has recently scored his first two major studio theatrical features, The Maze Runner for 20th Century Fox, based off of the New York Times best selling book series by author James Dashner and When the Game Stands Tall for Sony Pictures. Both films and the new season of Dragons: Riders Of Berk premiere in Fall 2014.