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|Meet The Band|
|Originally from Ocean City, New Jersey, Thom began playing guitar at age 14 and played throughout his college years at James Madison University (Go Dukes!). Other instruments include keyboards & harmonica, although guitar & vocals are his focus. A huge fan of Bon Jovi, Thom was also influenced by Springsteen, John Mellencamp and a ton of other classic rock bands from the 80's. As the original founding member of Swiftkick, his unique vocal style and edgy guitar licks are a signature part of the Swiftkick sound. When not performing with the band or spending time with his wife and 3 sons, Thom is also available as an acoustic performer (click to Enter), as well as an acoustic duo act with Julie Ann Sgroi (Blasberg & Sgroi)
To endure the physical requirements of hauling musical equipment & performing a live stage show, Thom follows a rigorous exercise routine: Each morning when he awakes, he gets up & runs around the block 10 times. When he's done, he pushes the block back under the bed, & goes back to sleep. After the snooze alarm sounds for the 10th time, his rigourous sit-up program begins: he sits up out of bed, & then completes the repetition at the end of the day as he reclines back onto his pillow. To further keep off the pounds, Thom sticks to a strict liquid diet of beer & wine. The rock & roll lifestyle isn't as easy as it appears. UPDATE: Just improved above exercise program by putting a treadmill in front of the fridge....now have to walk across it to get a beer.
Doug was about 8 years old when, like many future drummers, he found his mother's pots and pans and realized that along with those and a pair of chopsticks and a box, he could create quite a rapturous clamor! During high school, real drums finally entered the picture and Doug formed his first band, Vandetta, in high school with three other friends.
After college, Doug played in several DC area bands, finally landing in Swiftkick. He looks at percussion as not just providing the necessary "backing beat," but as a strategic instrument to add to the overall feel and sound of songs. (That may explain the armada of cymbals usually employed!) His main influences are Roger Taylor (Queen), Rick Allen (Def Leppard), Nicko Mcbrain (Iron Maiden), and Alex Van Halen. His influences are obvious in his dramatic drum endings which bring strong, solid closes to Swiftkicks rock 'n' roll cover songs.
When not pounding the skins, Doug enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.,
|Jason was 12 years old when he received his first bass guitar as a gift. Well let's clarify, he got his first guitar when he was about 5 years old and there are some pictures still floating around of him playing. However...they are much like the embarrassing (naked) bathtub shots your mom brings out to show your first girlfriend.
Originally, Jason is from a small town in South Western Virginia that lies in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He has lived in Northern Virginia for the past 10 years. Jason's musical influences range from a wide variety of artists such as Def Lepard, G&R, Skid Row to Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson.
In addition to playing in Swiftkick, Jason can be found most Sunday mornings playing bass in a community church band. When he's not playing music, Jason loves spending every moment with his family - hiking, fishing, hunting, or just chilling out watching a game.
Growing up, Dan always loved music. As a kid he was into Cream, Chicago, and many other types of bands and musical genres but mainly rock. Then when he was a teen he heard the song "Green Grass and High Tides" from a band called the Outlaws (Kind of like a Freebird thing). That was it!!! He had to learn how to do that!!! After he got his first guitar.. a 1963 Fender Stratocaster.... Dan took lessons for awhile ("Don't tell mom, but I would even skip school at times just to go play the guitar" says Dan). Since then and over the years he has played in many bands and feels that even though he's an electrical engineer, a part of him is a complete artist.
Dan also made a CD of all original music with a band called "Ian Travis".... so the studio was also a great experience as well as playing live. The main importance to Dan in playing however, is the overall sound of the band creating a great vibe (Creating those goose bump moments). Also, he loves to have an audience that really gets into the music and in that sense becomes a fifth band member. "All of us living in the moment!" ; )