John M. Yarling

Title/Position: Lecturer, Jazz Percussion


Why did you choose music as your career?

I chose music because It’s all I ever wanted to do.

What do you consider are the most outstanding highlights of your professional life?

Being called at an early age to perform and record with jazz greats Ira Sullivan and Curtis Fuller.

In later years performing at Tanglewood and the Kennedy Center.

What do you hope to pass on to your students?

I hope to pass on concepts, ideas, and thinking that will open them up to finding their own satisfaction and joy in their journey through the study of all kinds of music.

What are you listening to these days?

I have been listening to Tony Malaby (Paloma Recio), Robben Ford (Truth) Jakob Bro (Pearl River) and James Blood Ulmer (Memphis Blood)

Finish the statement, “Music is…”


Why should a potential student choose the Frost School of Music?

A student should choose the Frost School of Music for a number of reasons. Our track record through the years with successful graduates, an environment of talented students to work alongside, and a hands-on approach, where students do not get lost in the shuffle.

Short Biography:

John Yarling (drumset, jazz percussion) is a lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. His flawless musicianship and commitment to his art make him the drummer of choice for many South Florida performers such as Ira Sullivan & the Inter-Outer Continental Quintet, The Shack Daddys, South Florida Jazz Orchestra, Brian Murphy Trio, The Nicole Yarling 4-Tet, and the Jeff Taylor Band. John Yarling is at ease playing in many styles including Modern Jazz, Blues, Funk and Rock. In past years he has performed with jazz luminaries Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, Lou Donaldson, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Forrest, Mark Murphy, Mike Stern, Pete Minger, Larry Coryell and Dave Liebman as well as rockers Mick Taylor, Nicky Hopkins and Bobby Keys (The Rolling Stones).  He has recorded with Ira Sullivan, Curtis Fuller, Pepper Adams, Joe Williams, Ernest Ranglin, Kevin Mahogany, and most recently, Pink. Yarling attended Florida State University (classical percussion) as well as the University of Miami (jazz performance, drum-set).  Earlier in his career he taught general music and percussion at North Broward Preparatory Schools, and established a percussion program at the Florida Youth Conservatory.

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"Music is...Endless." --John Yarling

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