Let Us Introduce Ourselves . . .
DRUMS / PERCUSSION
SILVER LAKE, OHIO
When Jill decided to take up drumming in the 5th grade in Mogadore, Ohio, the school music teacher wouldn't give drum lessons to girls! Playing through high school and college at Kent State, the drums were put away to marry Richard, be a Mom to four, and teach fitness at Life Center Plus in Hudson, Ohio. The Weekend Warrior program was a step out of the comfort zone that paid off. With the kids now on their own, a new job at Laurel Lake Retirement Community, and a basement full of drums, amps, and microphones, this is pure mid-life crisis fun !
GUITARS / VOCALS
Most of his students know him as Dr. Robert Jewell, professor of Marketing at Kent State University, father and husband. However, Bob has always been very passionate about music and the guitar. Bob gets a kick out of showing his students his lighter side.
BASS / KEYBOARDS / GUITARS / VOCALS
Bill is a self-described harmony singer who noodles around on various instruments. He has performed on guitar, bass, keyboards, banjo & mandolin. Bill had played his first guitar less than a month when he was high-fived by Muddy Waters, although admittedly at Muddy's gig, not Bill's. A native of Wheeling, WV, Bill is a 1979 graduate of Kenyon College where he played coffeehouses & frat parties and sang baritone & toured the east coast with the Kokosingers a cappella group. At WVU College of Law he co-founded the Attorneys At Flaw with Bob Noone, the Perry Mason of Legal Parody, writing & performing legal parody songs. In the '90's Bill played guitar in Lake & Cuyahoga Counties with the Garage Doors and has performed solo at various venues including the Lake County Fairgrounds. When the Jillettes first formed in 2006 Bill, faced with the superior guitar chops of Bob Jewell, switched to bass. Bill and his wife, Donnah, also a Jillette, live in the Lake County/Mentor area.
KEYBOARDS / GUITARS / BASS / VOCALS / HARMONICA / PRODUCTION
RJ's rock and roll history dates back to his junior high school days in the early '70's when he teamed up with his brother Russ to form the heavily Grand Funk Railroad influenced power trio "Mack" which continued on to become Bedford High School's GO-TO rock band. Moving on to Ohio University, RJ was a founding member of the group "Spike Jones" which was an odd blend of jazz fusion and country rock that was just right for the party atmosphere of southern Ohio college life. "Our fans were always ready to party, and their enthusiasm earned us the dubious honor of a "high risk group" - not suitable for Mom's weekend". RJ later adopted that spirit in forming a multimedia production company, HIGH RISK PRODUCTIONS, which includes audio / video recording as well as live production services. RJ's wife Dawn shares his love of music and finds that his "Mid-Life Crisis" hobby is lot of fun. She joins the group quite often as crowd motivator with lively dance enthusiasm. RJ's other musical influences include: The Beatles, Frank Zappa, and any "low-down funky blues band" with hot guitar & harp.
SAXOPHONE / VOCALS / PERCUSSION / KEYBOARDS
Donnah sings harmony and handles saxophone duty as well as adding odd percussion and occasional keyboards. Originally from Wheeling, West Virginia, she graduated from Marshall University. When not front and center with the Jillettes, Donnah is an anesthesiologist and lives in Lake County with hubby Bill. Donnah appears in the Rolling Stones DVD "The Biggest Bang" (she can be seen in the Toronto club crowd just to the right of Mick during the song "Back of My Hand").