Jon Theodore played drums in The Mars Volta, the band featuring Cedric Zavala, former vocalist of At The Drive-In and Isaiah Owens who is known from The Long Beach Dub All-Stars.
Best known for his bombastic, multi-textural and dynamic playing style, Theodore has fast become recognized as one of the most talented and creative drummers in mainstream music. In addition to his percussive role, he worked on the arrangements in The Mars Volta's records.
After Jon Theodore parted ways with the group in July 2006, he was permanently followed up by Blake Fleming.
Previously Jon Theodore had played with Golden, as well as Jeremy Ward.
Jon Theodore first started playing drums at the age of 15. He was soon involved with his high school concert band and took lessons on a full kit shortly after. It was at this point that he studied percussion and learned how to map arrangements; dedicated practice had already become a daily habit. He also listened to a great variety of music, growing to love the likes of Billy Cobham, Elvin Jones and John Bonham.
Around the end of his time in high school, he joined the band Golden and recorded and toured with them for ten years. It was during this time that he met Cedric Bixler Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, who were performing their first gig with their experimental dub band DeFacto in El Paso, TX. They became friends and the former At The Drive-In duo would later invite Theodore to join their latin-tinged prog-rock band, The Mars Volta. Theodore was The Mars Volta's drummer from 2001 to 2006, when his permanent departure was announced on July 30. The reasons for his departure are as of yet unknown. He also played with Royal Trux for a year-and-a-half prior to joining The Mars Volta.