John Vallier is a West Coast percussionist and writer who resides in Los Angeles. Born in Berkeley and raised in Santa Cruz, CA, Vallier has written for www.cdnow.com and played drums with such bands as Swell and the Climax Golden Twins. In June of 2000, Vallier graduated with a master's in ethnomusicology from U.C.L.A. and was accepted into the department's Ph.D. program. For kicks, Vallier enjoys commuting on his bicycle in rush hour traffic, exploring the diversity that is L.A., and making music in his band, Loma Prieta.
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