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Jon Zoog, owner

Jon Zoog, owner

Jon’s hobby that turned into a passion was influenced by, not only a great friend, but a master mind in custom building drums, Eric Amundrud from Nashville, Tennessee, who has custom built for many professional drummers. Jon met Eric while working together at Drum Supply House in Nashville back in 2006.

At the age of 8 years old, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, Jon Zoog, began playing drums after receiving a snare drum from his grandma. He studied through elementary and middle school. He became highly motivated in high school and began playing in the school marching band, jazz band and orchestra. At this time, Jon was turned on to the music of Led Zeppelin, John Coltrane, Tower of Power, Ewf, and the Meters to name a few.

By his senior year of high school, Jon began playing professionally in clubs throughout Pittsburgh at night, attending jam sessions and studying with local drum teachers. At the end of his senior year,

“Several years back, I would have never imagined my life heading in this direction with my music. I thank God every day for the talent he has given me, and the love and support from my family and friends as well as my Dallas Drum customers who have encouraged me to follow my dreams and keep heading forward with my business and my playing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
~ Jon Zoog, Dallas Drum Owner
he was awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and the John Philip Sousa Award for his superior talent. After high school, Jon began playing and touring locally and nationally with many different groups including Jazz B3 Artist Gene Ludwig, Guitarist Tony Janfalone Sr, Horace Turner and Hill House, Singer and Songwriters Dave Pahanish and Clark Slater, Sleeping Giants, Steel Drums Musician Calvin Pryce, Blues Guitarist Kevin Dunn and many more. Jon then began studying with Pittsburgh drummer Great Dave Throckmorton (Maynard Ferguson). Dave turned Jon onto many great styles of music including Rock, Jazz, Fusion, Funk, Blues, R&B, Hip-Hop and Latin. Dave is one of Jon’s biggest influences in his career due to all of the knowledge and education he provided.

In 2002, Jon left the Pittsburgh scene to start touring with several artists throughout the United States. At the end of 2002, he was given the opportunity to audition for one of the most challenging drum-set positions with the Ringling Brother’s Barnum and Bailey Circus. After being chosen for the spot, Jon went on a national world tour with Ringling playing most major arenas in the U.S., Canada and Mexico until 2004, playing over 400-600 shows a year. In 2005, he decided to move to Nashville to pursue more artist tours and studio/session work. While in Nashville, he had the opportunity to record for and with Producers Tim Nitz (producing Brian McKnight, Busta Rhymes, and Barry White), Jim Cooper (producing Building 429), Kevin McKendrew (Delbert McClinton, musical director), and Chuck Ainlay (producing Mark Knopfler, Vince Gill, and Trisha Yearwood). Jon also toured and recorded for Nashville Pop Singer/Songwriter Peter Moon for three years.

In 2009, Jon moved to Dallas, Texas to continue his music career. Since he has moved to Dallas, he has played/toured with Rodney Parker and 50 Peso Reward, Zane Williams, Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch, Jim Suhler, Nick Knirk trio, Chris Watson Band, Dixie Rex, Rusty Burns, Eric Scortia, Chant, Radio Edit, and many others. Jon continues to freelance and is in demand for studio work.

 

~Jon Zoog, Dallas Drum Owner

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