John Molo

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John Molo
John Molo in 2009. Photo by David Gans.
John Molo in 2009. Photo by David Gans.
Background information
Born1953 (age 68–69)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
GenresRock, jazz
Instrument(s)Drums, percussion
LabelsRCA Records, Columbia Records, Arista Records

John Molo (born December 5, 1953, Bethesda, Maryland) is an American rock and jazz drummer and percussionist. He has played with a variety of bands, combos, and soloists. Best known for being the drummer for Bruce Hornsby and the Range, he has also played with The Other Ones, Phil Lesh and Friends, Delaney Bramlett, John Fogerty, Keller Williams, Mike Watt, Paul Kelly, David Nelson, Jemimah Puddleduck, and Modereko.


Early Years[edit]

John Molo was born in Bethesda, Maryland of mostly Irish descent. His surname is Swiss-Italian but his other three grandparents all emigrated from Ireland. He was raised Catholic in Washington, D.C.[1] His father was an oceanographer who became increasingly concerned about the safety of the inner city and, when Molo was 12, the family moved to suburban Virginia, where Molo attended Langley High School in nearby McLean, Virginia.[2] While at Langley Molo played in the school's nationally renowned jazz ensemble, the Langley High Jazz Lab, under the direction of band director George Horan.[3]

Later career[edit]

Molo was the drummer for Bruce Hornsby and the Range when the band won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist of 1986. After the Range disbanded in 1990, Molo continued to collaborate and tour with Hornsby until 1998.[4]

In May 2009, Molo joined the band Moonalice.[5]



  1. ^ "I had great Catholic nuns as a kid; the Sisters of Notre Dame.,; accessed April 10, 2018.
  2. ^ Jackson, Blair. "John Molo: Putting the Big Beat into Phil & Friends". Retrieved 2009-07-11.
  3. ^ "Obituaries - The Washington Post". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  4. ^ "John Molo".
  5. ^ "Moonalice Welcomes Drummer John Molo into the Tribe", JamBase, May 20, 2009.

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