A four piece from Salem, The Ferenjis are Trevor Fischer on guitar, Peter Ellis on drums/bass, Jason Pluemke on drums/bass, and Andrew Norman on keys/synths.
Peter, Jason, and Andrew have been playing together on and off together since their college years. They were planning to cover the Killers for a 2000’s show at The Space in West Salem in April, 2017, and realized that they needed a fourth. Andrew recommended that they add Trevor, who was one of his former piano students. When the 2000’s show was over, the four of them realized that they didn’t want to stop playing together. After throwing around several different band names and ideas, The Ferenjis was officially formed.
Since the bands formation, they have continued to experiment and grow together as musicians. They are continually looking for inspiration in different areas and are evolving their sound. While their sound may change through the years, they are still always going to be the same as they were at that first show: four dudes who really like playing music together.
Trevor is a multi-instrumentalist and composer with experience in a wide variety of genres. He started playing the cello and guitar at the age of 10, and has learned more than enough instruments for a one-man band. He currently works at Northwest School of Music as a music instructor, and hopes to make enough money to fuel his addiction for vinyl records.
Hometown: Salem, Or
Plays: Guitar, Vocals, Bass
Influences: Carlos Santana, Dave Grohl, FKJ, Mario Camarena, Michael League, Plini, Tom Misch, Tom Morello, Tim Henson
Smash Bros: Jigglypuff
Norman has played keys since the age of five, and has picked up a plethora of other instruments along the way. He currently teaches music at Abiqua Academy in South Salem, and has been teaching privately for the past six years. He’s been married for just over a year, and enjoys most of the PNW clichés: hiking, reading, and killer coffee.
Hometown: Federal Way, WA
Influences: Herbie Hancock, Cory Henry, Exmag, Trio Subtonic, Chick Corea, Thelonious Monk
Smash Bros: Captain Falcon
Peter started learning piano at five years old, flute at eleven, sax at twelve, drums at fifteen, and bass recently. Jazz has been his musical home for most of that time, though he believes all genres are capable of producing good songs. He also believes in frost giants.
Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Plays: Drums, Bass, Vocals
Influences: Streetlight Manifesto, Mae, Count Basie, Underøath, Tom Waits
Smash Bros: Mewtwo
Jason has been playing drums since he was 10 years old and hasn’t stopped trying to pick up other instruments since. his fascination with gear continues to push him into all sorts of musical avenues including recording, producing, sound design, and film scoring.
Hometown: Eagle Creek, OR
Plays: Drums, Bass, Vocals, Guitar
Influences: Relient K, Earth Wind & Fire, Average White Band, Elton John, Exmag, Koan Sound
Smash Bros: Link