Jon Fishman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsilvania on February 19, 1965. He 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 autions 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."
Jon was one of the original members, being there since '83. Yahoo, for him, yet it was more than that. As said before, he is what makes this band great. For most of his life, since five atleast, he has played the drums, without a care in the world about any other instrument that made music. "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." 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 Zepplin and John Bonham. As he continued in this excerpt, he unravled more about his inspirations: "Led Zepplin 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 al began.