Jonathan Schang is the drummer and primary composer for the Chicago-based and internationally renowned Progressive Rock band, District 97. After attending Berklee College of Music in 2002 and later studying with Paul Wertico at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Jonathan focused his attention to forming the band in 2006. Under his direction, District 97 has released three full-length studio albums to date, with a fourth expected for late 2018/early 2019.
In addition to his activities with District 97, Jonathan is one of Chicago’s busiest and most in-demand Modern Dance Accompanists. He has been commissioned to write works for Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and Thodos Dance Chicago, and can regularly be found accompanying classes at the Chicago Academy of the Arts, Columbia College, Hyde Park School of Dance, The Academy of Movement and Music, and more.
Jonathan also joined Simon Collins (son of legendary Genesis vocalist/drummer Phil Collins) and John Wesley (Porcupine Tree, Fish) for the inaugural live show of Simon’s band, Sound of Contact, at Marillion Montreal Weekend in March 2013. Additionally, he placed in the Top 5 Prog Rock Drummers in the 2016 Modern Drummer Magazine’s Readers Poll. His musicality has earned him endorsements with Paiste Cymbals, Evans Drumheads, Promark Drumsticks, and Tama Drums.
In October 2013, Jonathan and District 97 completed a world tour with famed vocalist/bassist John Wetton (King Crimson, U.K., Asia). Each show consisted of two sets: the first featuring D97 songs and the second featuring John Wetton joining D97 to perform the music of King Crimson. This tour was documented on the 2014 live release "One More Red NIght." Look for District 97 playing around the world in 2019 in support of their upcoming album.
“Jonathan writes and plays like a demon.”
- Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, U.K. Earthworks)