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Jon Ball (Drums/percussion) – Jon got his start on the drums by following in the footsteps of his father, and fellow 23rd Street Café drummer, Bob Ball.  After learning from Bob and studying drums and percussion with private teachers through high school, Jon was accepted to study percussion at the University of Michigan School of Music in Ann Arbor.  While at Michigan, Jon played before crowds in excess of 100,000 people in the intimate confines of Michigan Stadium – The Big House – as a member of the Michigan Marching Band.  After earning his bachelor of music degree in music performance in classical percussion, Jon returned to Philadelphia and earned his law degree from Temple University School of Law. In addition to his "day job" as a lawyer, he plays with a number of musical groups.  Jon recently joined the Aubudon Jazz Explosion big band (www.jazzexplosion.com) and plays on several of the tracks on the band's second CD, Summertime, released in July 2002.  

Jon has played all over the United States and abroad in a variety of ensembles playing many styles.  Representative engagements include: a US and Canadian tour of the Broadway musical Me and My Girl and numerous other regional musical theater tours; house drummer/percussionist at the Bucks County Playhouse, Society Hill Playhouse and the Cheltenham Playhouse; showroom and lounge acts at Harrah's and Tropicana casinos in Atlantic City; select live dates with touring blues acts including Arthur Adams (Blind Pig), Chris Cain (Independent), Sydney Ellis (Black Wallet), Frankie Lee (Hi-Tone), and Lonnie Shields (Rooster); local blues acts including the late Frankie ‘The Soulman’ Alstin, George Bonds and the Blues Keepers, Brave New Blues, Deb Callahan Band, James ‘Thunderbird’ Ford, Ron Kraemer and the Hurricanes, and Wanamaker Lewis; 50’s Review featuring Danny and the Juniors, Johnny Tillotson, and the Marvelettes; Opryland, USA; Cedar Point Amusement Park.

 

 
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