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Phish Drummer wins Board of Selectmen seat in hometown

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The drummer for the jam band Phish has been elected to his Maine town’s Board of Selectmen.

Jon Fishman will take a place on Lincolnville’s five-seat board after winning Tuesday’s nonpartisan election. He and his wife, Briar, have five children and have lived in the seaside town for the past decade.

Two board seats were open in the Lincolnville election. Fishman will take a seat on the board alongside Josh Gerritsen, a filmmaker, who also was a top vote getter.

Fishman was born in Philadelphia. He was then adopted, and grew up in Syracuse, New York. Fishman had a passion for the drums from an early age, and emulated John Bonham, the drummer for Led Zeppelin, Bill Bruford of Yes, and Keith Moon of The Who. He went to Jamesville-Dewitt High School in a suburb of Syracuse, and after graduation in 1983, he attended the University of Vermont to study Engineering. Shortly after his arrival, he met Mike Gordon and Trey Anastasio, where they co-founded Phish. Being an engineer was not his true calling, and he transferred with guitarist Trey Anastasio to Goddard College, where he wrote his senior study on “A Self-Teaching Guide to Drumming in Retrospect.” He currently lives in Lincolnville, Maine.


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