John Colpitts '95
John Colpitts (class of 1995) studied at Middlebury with Su Tan and Fred Haas (though he was an English major) and has been performing drums professionally ever since. In 1997 he founded the experimental rock band Oneida in Brooklyn, NY with Middlebury alum Patrick Sullivan (1995). Since the founding of the band, Oneida has released upwards of 20 recordings and has toured North America and Europe extensively. In 2007 Colpitts began working closely with the Japanese group The Boredoms and has traveled to Japan, Australia and the UK to perform their composition Boadrum. In 2010 he recorded his first solo album and founded the drum ensemble Man Forever which combines carefully tuned drum kits with aggressive and powerful ensemble playing. He has also recorded and performed with Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, White Hills, Soldiers of Fortune, Jah Division, People of the North and many other experimental ensembles. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
enemyhogs.com (Oneida's website)