Justin was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and began taking private drum lessons at the age of 8 and went on to marching in drum line through high school. He attended LA Music Academy studying drum set and percussion under Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Mike Shapiro and many LA session drummers. Throughout his 20’s he gigged around LA in rock and funk bands, and began work as a drum technician in studios around LA as well as touring as a backline technician for Sergio Mendes, Herb Alpert, Gavin DeGraw, Avril Lavigne and many more.
In 2014 Justin moved to Honolulu and has since been working with a production audio company at Blaisdell Arena, Waikiki Shell, and many venues around the island. He is currently playing with Keilana and several bands around Oahu at The Blue Note, The Republik, Next Door, and other venues. He is excited to share more than 20 years of experience as a professional in the music industry with students of all ages at Chuck James Music School.