A native of New Jersey, Jon was born to a concert pianist and music teacher mother. He first became enthralled by the drums at 7 years of age whilst watching the 1970s lounge band that rehearsed at his house. His mother bought him a second hand kit from the band’s drummer – each drum a different make –and sent him for lessons.
Jon was the youngest ever first string drummer on the cadence team of Fork Union Military Academy marching band. He began playing in New Jersey clubs with a variety of local bands when he was 15. After graduating high school he went to The Institute of Audio Research in New York City and studied engineering before moving to Texas where he had a very successful run as a founding member of alt/grunge era band Truck (Truckasaurus), opening for such bands as Infectious Grooves and Fishbone.
Jon added the guitar to his musical repertoire and life led him to Germany where he and local musician Joe Green formed a guitar duo and made a living playing the streets and coffee houses of Lubeck.
He moved to Australia in 1998 and continued his audio engineering career where he had the good fortune to run into Dai Pritchard on a gig:
“We had a jam whilst checking Paul De Marco’s monitors and it all just seem to click. Dai asked ‘You live near me don’t you?”
After a 15 year hiatus Jon happily bought another drum kit – this time all matching – and is currently having more fun than should be legal.