STAFFORD - Local drummer Zach Jones will again be appearing before a national audience. He will be performing during the halftime show at the NBA All Star Game in Toronto. Zach will be accompanying world famous singer and musician, Sting.
Sting, the former frontman of The Police, will perform a compilation of his most celebrated hits during halftime for fans around the world to enjoy. His iconic career includes classics like "Every Breath You Take," "Roxanne" and "Fields Of Gold." Zach will join him playing drums.
Zach is a 2005 gradute of Southern Regional High School. He learned to play the drums from his dad, Dave Jones, who is a local musician and church worship leader. Zach loved playing drums as a child. He began playing publicly when he was a young boy at King of Kings Community Church. His dad was the worship leader. Zach even played with popular Christian worship leader Danny Daniels from the Vineyard Church movement. Danny would play at King of Kings. Zach was still plenty young at that time. Danny Daniel's ministry has impacted many lives around the world.
Danny shared from his home in Albuquerque, N.M today:
"I met Zach Jones in the early 90’s when his Dad, Dave Jones, had me come to Manahawkin to do some worship music. Dave and I had talked on the phone several times, and it was one of those ‘instant connections’. We had much in common, such as playing in clubs, liking many of the same artists, (Beatles, Stones, Patsy Cline, Clapton, etc) and a shared value for quality music being done by worship bands.
Dave said he had 3 bands to work with, rotate, etc. That’s a luxury for most churches of the size of King of Kings at the time. He then said his son, Zach, played drums in one of the bands. “Cool”, I said. Then he said, “Yeah, Zach’s only 11, but he does a good job.” “Uh……..” I thought. OK.
Then I came to Manahawkin, met everyone, and we got ready to rehearse. I had to keep turning around to make sure it was this skinny, soft-spoken kid on the kit. His touch, his instinct for where the song was going, his KICK drum, snare subtleties, finesse on the cymbals, dynamics, and general FEEL was years (possibly light-years) beyond his age. He hadn’t lived long enough to learn all this stuff!
Turns out Dave (A good drummer and great guitar player himself) had exposed Zach to all the right music and influences for his whole life. The Jones family, Dave and Michelle, Zach and Natalie, (a talented actress and director) are maybe the most encouraging, talented, and loving families that I know.
I predicted that Zach would be a premier, in-demand, first-call drummer, sooner than any of us could know. He has made me look very prescient. Thanks, Zach!"
Dave (Dad) shared that Zach's opportunities continued. At the tender age of 10, Sherry Schnepp of the Our Gang Players gave Zach the opportunity to play in their orchestra. He continued gaining quite a few paid opportunities in the summer as a youth. On a number of occasions he worked in the orchestra for a number of Surflight Theater productions in Beach Haven.
Many in the Southern Ocean community remember that Zach was part of a local band made up of Southern Regional classmates known as the "Slycaps." This group gained nationwide notoriety by a segment about the band on the MTV Network program "Made."
After high school Zach performed on the "Annie the Musical" national tour. He performed on Broadway in James Corden's "One Man, Two Guvnors" musical in 2012 and 2013. Most recently Zachary was member of the "Secret Someone's" band under the Cherrytree Records label. They just recently released their first record (www.secretsomeones.com).
On a national level during the past year, Zach has appeared with Sting on the Late Show with Jimmy Fallon. Just recently Zach was on the Today Show in New York City performing with Elle King. In March, Zach will embark on a tour with "Great Big World" on their Kaleidoscope Tour.
Mom, Dad and sister Natalie are so proud of Zach and excited about his future. Dave said "we are happy he is doing what he loves to do and also having the ability to make a good living at it.".
Dave wants all to know that the game begins tomorrow (Sunday) at 8;30 PM and the halftime show will begin between 9:30 PM and 9:45 PM on TNT.