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Artist biography Jon Fishman
Jon Fishman (Philadelphia, Pennsilvania 1965) is one of the original Phish members, being there since '83.
Jon Fishman grew up in Syracuse, New York where he went to Moses Dewitt high school in Syracuse until he graduated in 1983. Next Jon went to UVM in the following Fall for a year. He then left with Trey for Goddard College, where he ended up writing his thesis on "A Self-Teaching Guide to Drumming in Retrospect."
For most of his life, since five at least, Jon Fishman has played the drums, without a care in the world about any other instrument that made music. Jon Fishman: "My parents made me take piano lessons form the lady next door, but I used to say over and over,'I don't want piano lessons, I want drums.' Our plumber gave me a drum set for my seventh birthday, and I immediatley quit my piano lessons and began emulatiing John Bonham in the basement. Led Zepplin is the reason I play music today, and Bonham was the fire under my seven-year-old ass."
Jon Fishman also plays drums in the rock band Pork Tornado, and has performed with the Jazz Mandolin Project for several years as well. As of late, he has been a member of two large musical collectives, The Everyone Orchestra and The Village. He is also a member of the Burlington, VT comedy troupe Touchpants with Colby Dix and Chris Friday and is their regular touring drummer. In 2007, he emerged from semi-retirement to perform a series of shows with the Yonder Mountain String Band, including a large portion of their set at the Rothbury Music Festival which happened the summer of 2008.