Jeffries Fan Club

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Jeffries Fan Club
OriginOrange County, CA
GenresThird-wave ska, Ska-punk
Years active1996–2001
LabelsVegas Records
Associated actsReel Big Fish
The Forces of Evil
Five Iron Frenzy
Past membersTim Carpenter
Chris Colonnier
Mike Dziurgot
Justin Ferreira
Derek Gibbs
Steve Tucker
Chris Rush
Sonnie Johnston

Jeffries Fan Club was a southern California Third-wave ska band formed in 1996. The band released several albums on now-defunct Vegas Records before breaking up in 2001. The band played their final show January 6, 2001, at The Glasshouse in Pomona, which was later released on CD under the title Last Show at the Glasshouse. Their breakup was the cover story in the OC Weekly issue dated January 5, 2001.[1][2] In the OC Weekly article, it was revealed that the primary reason for the band's breakup was lead singer/guitarist Mike Dziurgot's desire to return to school. In the article, he also mentioned that he and several of the members didn't enjoy performing unless they were under the influence of alcohol, and that this affliction had prompted him to return to his Christian roots.

The band played a reunion show at the House of Blues in Anaheim on November 9, 2002.[3] The band also reunited for two "anniversary" shows, celebrating 10 years since the band was formed, at Chain Reaction on April 14 and April 15, 2006.[citation needed]

In 2003, the band was featured on OC Weekly's list of "The 129 Greatest OC Bands Ever" at No. 96.[4]

Final lineup[edit]

  • Mike Dziurgot - lead vocals & guitar
  • Chris Colonnier - trombone & vocals
  • Tim Carpenter - guitar
  • Justin Ferreira - drums
  • Derek Gibbs - bass
  • Steve Tucker - trumpet

Previous members[edit]

  • Sonnie Johnston - guitar
  • Chris Rush - trumpet


  • After the band's breakup, Mike Dziurgot attended Fullerton College where he majored in journalism.[5]
  • In 2016 Mike Dziurgot became involved in a new project entitled The Dream Gypsies. Mike Dziurgot became a co-songwriter, lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the project. The first album, The Analogue Chronicles, has a scheduled release date of June 2017.[6]
  • From 2001 to 2005, Derek Gibbs, Chris Colonnier, and Justin Ferreira were members of The Forces of Evil, a band fronted by Reel Big Fish's Aaron Barrett.
  • Justin Ferreira also played drums in Reel Big Fish from 2003 to 2005 and appears on the band's 2005 album We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy. He left the band before the album's release to focus on his new band, Takota. As a result, he is only listed in the album credits as an "additional musician."
  • Derek Gibbs joined Reel Big Fish in June 2007, replacing the band's original bassist, Matt Wong.
  • Sonnie Johnston joined Five Iron Frenzy, replacing guitarist Scott Kerr. He remained with them through to their 2003 hiatus, and remains a member in their 2012-present reformation.



  1. ^ "What the Hell is Happening to Jeffries Fan Club?". OC Weekly. January 4, 2001.
  2. ^ OC Weekly article with cover image featuring the band as posted to the band's official site Archived 2008-01-11 at the Wayback Machine (via Last accessed February 29, 2008.
  3. ^ List of shows as posted to the band's official site Archived 2008-01-11 at the Wayback Machine (via Last accessed February 29, 2008.
  4. ^ "The 129 Greatest OC Bands Ever." Archived 2008-06-14 at the Wayback Machine OC Weekly. June 19, 2003.
  5. ^ "The Jeffries Fan Club Fan." OC Weekly. December 27, 2001.
  6. ^ June 2017