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My name is Jon and I'm a 25 year old musician from Waterloo, Ontario. Music has been an important part of my life from an early age. I've grown up in the Suzuki Piano system since I was 5, played regularly until I was 15. I had learned a number of Grade 8 piano pieces and successfully completed my Grade 2 Theory under the Royal Conservatory of Music. I have several first place prizes in the Kiwanis music festivals for piano as well, and recently received an first place for vocal pop accompaniment with guitar.

Once I self-taught myself guitar at 15, I became immersed in the music scene in highschool. I entered the school jazz and symphonic band for bass guitar, where I furthered my development on learning various scales and modes in a more structural, sight reading fashion of learning. I was also involved in various other bands such as a punk band, which one the battle of the bands in our grade 10 year. There were also other side projects in high school I was involved in, where I would play at school pep rallys, in front of an audience of nearly 2000 students at my highschool.

I am currently a bass player in the rock band 'Grand Format' out of Waterloo. We've played many local gigs in Southern Ontario and recently opened for 'The Trew's this past September 2015 for a sell-out crowd. My style of bass playing and song writing is very grassroots oriented, where I combine a number of different influences and factors into the way I create and mould a sound into a finished product; a song.

I also play other instruments such as acoustic guitar regularly, playing various local gigs of mainly covers. I am more of a visionary when it comes to the music creation process, where I don't feel one is limited to an instrument or even a style or genre.

Please feel free to email: jon.hiff@
View my band's music: www.grandformat.bandcamp.com
An Original: https://www.facebook.com/jon.hiff/videos/10152512433337315/?pnref=story

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Member since:
Nov 04 2015
Active within 1 month
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Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week
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Genres include Classical, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Funk, Indie, R&B, Hip-Hop

I believe I am constantly being influenced by new ideas, new music, new art. When it comes to the creative process or being involved in any sort of entity such as a band, I think it is always important to stay true to the art one is creating and to not stray from the substance that makes the music great! The type of music I listen to is something I can authentically connect with, on both a personal level through the lyrics as well as the sonic qualities which make great music great!


Own a Fender Bass, Yorkville 200 W amp, Roland DI synth, and Taylor GS Mini Acoustic.