Jon Bonine – Bass
Jon Bonine began his professional musical career in Los Angeles, where he enjoyed 20 years of performing as a featured trombonist in concerts with artists including everyone from The Temptations, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Burt Bacharach & Dionne Warwick, The Who, Boyz to Men, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, The O’Jays, The Commodores, Harry Connick Jr., Luther Vandross and Whitney Houston. Jon also enjoyed his orchestra work with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Beverly Hills Symphony and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Television was a fun and lucrative way to use his talents and he played on shows such as The Commish, Murder She Wrote, Magnum P.I., Walker Texas Ranger and The American Music Awards. Film work included An Officer and a Gentleman, Divine Madness [Bette Midler LIve] and Hunt for Red October.
Touring was an integral part of Jon’s experiences and most memorable times were touring with Bette Midler, Chuck Mangione and most notably Ray Charles [just to name a few]. Broadway shows he played that enjoyed extensive LA runs included Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Evita, Westside Story and Sugar Babies, where he met his lovely wife Gail who was starring as the Soubrette.
After Jon and Gail had their two little girls, they realized it was time to leave the big city and headed to the Treasure Valley to raise their family. Jon continued to play trombone in his band, Swing City which was featured locally at various venues and became a regular requested dance band for Sun Valley and McCall weddings. Jon also became a contractor for numerous touring Broadway Shows and concerts at the Morrison Center and The Idaho Center.
Jon had always played the bass guitar as well and never let that part of his musicianship go to waste – enjoying playing with great local favorite talents such as Sandon Mayhew and The Boise Jazz Orchestra, Chuck Smith and funk band Phantazmagoria. He rocks out weekly at First Baptist Church Downtown as well, where he has been the band director for the past 11 years.