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Page McConnell, Keyboardist, pianist, vocals, what have you
This page is dedicated to Page, the keyboardist of Phish, who kicks ass with the piano and the synthesizer. He is so cool, the most chill character of them all. I used to play the piano, so
I commend Page for his massive amounts of skill. On "Slave to The Traffic Light," I love listening to his cool effects, and his little solo in the middle." Overall, he
kind of keeps the band together, 'cause he follows the guitar. As you can see from any live picture, he is usually overwhelmed with the number of keyboards there. He has so many 'cause he needs the circular environment to play at ease. One hand on one keyboard, and the other hand on another. Even though he has two hands, he usually ends up using all of them within the duration of the concert.
Page McConnell was born on May 17, 1963 in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. He was raised by father Dr. Jack McConnell and mother Mary Ellen McConnell. Page's mother was a musician too, and actually got Page into the piano at a early time in his life. His father was one of the helping developers of Tylenol in the McNeil Labs. Also, his father created a health clinic on the island of Hilton Head in South Carolina.
Page only spent a short time at Lawrence Academy (High School) in Groton, Massachusetts before graduating in 1982. He then went on to the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. However, he only spent two years there before
transferring to Goddard College. When there, he studied with Karl Boyle (his advisor), and ended up writing his senior thesis on "The Art of Improvisation," as it related to the music he became a part of.
When he began to study at Goddard College, he became a big phan of Trey, Mike, Jon, and Jeff's work. So within a year of
transferring, he set out to join them, and also to convince them to transfer to Goddard.
Apparently, he wasn't the only one to want them at Goddard. As stated in the "Pharmer's Almanac," Page "received a $50 per person 'finder's fee' for convincing Trey and Fish to transfer to Goddard in 1986." That was the beginning of Page's adventures in the land of Phish. He graduated from Goddard in 1987.
In 1995, Page finally married his sweetheart Sofi Dillof, who he had been with for a very long prior to the marriage. He then had a daughter, Delia, in the spring of 2000. He still plays the keyboard, and does sing a lead in a good number of the Phish songs. Page is a
necessary bond for Phish because of his laid-back attitude and calm sense of the environment.