Growing up on a farm outside Moorhead, Minnesota, John (aka Aldo) discovered an early interest in piano by listening to his mother play. His love of the keys was born, and he began taking lessons at age ten from a local piano teacher. A natural musician, by age 15 he accompanied the church choir and served as church choir director for the high school students for seven years. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in the Music Industry from Moorhead State University, where he was introduced to the field of musical scoring. He has since scored several television shows, documentaries, and other projects.
John is most proud of the Upper Midwest Emmy award he won for his work on the PBS documentary, Delafield. Other notable projects include the nationally syndicated PBS series Painting with Paulson and the theme to the popular Prairie Public Television kids’ series, Kid’s Zone. His music has been picked up by national television shows, including The Today Show, As the World Turns, Last Call with Carson Daly, NPR, and The Rosie O’Donnell Show, among others. Additionally, he served as the music director of the Black Swan Dinner Theatre in Fargo, ND for one year before moving to Minneapolis to join a friend’s band, Nero’s House Band that played throughout the Twin Cities metro area during the 1990s.
John has released six albums under his nickname, Aldo, which he got tagged with at age 15 (long story). In 2002, he released Expressions, available exclusively through Cardtunes, a locally-owned promotional company. He can also be heard on the award-winning Acoustitherapy series from Colorado Creative Music.