Cast & Crew: Jon Fishman
GINGER "THE DRUMMER"
Founder & Drummer
Jon Fishman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 19, 1965. He was adopted at birth, and thus grew up in Syracuse, New York. His mother was Mimi Fishman, and his father was Len Fishman. Jon's mother has fought against the illness glaucoma, hosting auditions relating to Phish for the cause of helping glaucoma's victims. Jon's father is an orthodontist, and also sculpts on his spare time.
As for school, Jon went to Moses Dewitt H.S. in Syracuse until he graduated
in 1983. After H.S., 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."
"My parents made me take piano lessons from 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 immediately quit my piano lessons and began emulating John Bonham in the basement." Here is sure-fire dedication to a passion.
After reading this quote, I realized what kind of devotion and dedication it takes to become successful at what you love. It shows the softer side of Jon, because off the stage, he's a very chill character. His idols were Led Zeppelin and John Bonham. As he continued in this excerpt, he unraveled more about his inspirations: "Led Zeppelin is the reason I play music today, and Bonham was the fire under my seven-year-old ass." These words summarized Jon's life from interest to stardom. Here is where it all began.
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