Photo by Chad Edwards www.facebook.com/mcephotography

Photo by Chad Edwards www.facebook.com/mcephotography

Photo by Chad Edwards www.facebook.com/mcephotography

Photo by Chad Edwards www.facebook.com/mcephotography

 

Fairhope, Ala. native John Milham began playing drums in high school. The experience was integral as he was introduced to jazz and symphonic music after previous love affairs with his fathers record collection of R & B, country and rock. This learning curve included a summer spent at the Loyola jazz camp where he studied with New Orleans drumming legend Johnny Vidocovich.

Following high school, Milham spent seven years on the road with regional favorites Haere Marue, a staple of the southeastern jam band circuit during the 1990s. After the combo parted ways, he enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and studied under greats such as Bob Moses, Kenwood Dennard, John Ramsey and Jamey Haddad. 

After his matriculation, Milham returned to Mobile, Ala. and began playing and touring with funk/fusion band Kung Fu Mama. That led to a one year and a few West Coast tours trumpeter Carlos Washington and the Amazing Giant People Ensemble. He followed that up by forming the jazz trio Vibration Configuration and joined funk/fusion project Zombo Combo led by Keyboardist ChrisSpies. Milham crossed paths with Americana roots singer/songwriter Grayson Capps (www.graysoncapps.com) in 2000 and joined Capps’ backing band The Stumpknockers in 2003. He has recorded on four albums with Capps and played to packed houses in various international venues. 

Milham has also toured and played with Bo Diddley, Lisa Mills,Papa Mali, Nick Branch, and guitarist Ken Hatfield in addition to other regional and local talents. 

While still playing with Grayson Capps, John has recently been drumming with Molly Thomas and the Rare Birds(www.mollythomas.com),Johnny Sansone, Oh Jeremiah,Rebecca Roubion, Eric Erdman and more.

The drummer passes on his love for music to future generations by teaching a kids percussion camp each summer. His appeal is evident as Milham was voted Mobile's Best Drummer by readers of the Mobile independent newspaper Lagniappe for 2008, 2009 and 2011 and was runner up in 2010. 

John Began practicing Yoga in 2003 after having some health issues and immediately realized the benefits not only on the mat, but into his life. He has also found how much it helps him as a drummer and the way he approaches music. John hopes to teach  other musicians what he has learned through his experience with Yoga and that yearning led John to embark on a 200hr Yoga teacher training led by Rolf Gates (www.rolfgates.com), Augusta and David Kantra(www.kantratherapy.com) in 2014.  In August 2015, John decided to continue his Yoga training and has recently graduated a 300 hour training also led by Gates/Kantra and is now an RYT-500.  John offerers Yoga and Mindfulness workshops on specified dates throughout the year. He lives in Laurel MS with his wife, three kids and a cat named Fiona.