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They named their boy after a cymbal. Good thing he turned out to be a drummer

Gig Harbor-formed band China Davis will perform at their 20th anniversary show at The Swiss Restaurant and Pub in Tacoma on Friday.
Gig Harbor-formed band China Davis will perform at their 20th anniversary show at The Swiss Restaurant and Pub in Tacoma on Friday. Courtesy

Brothers Ben and Ted Fuller have been performing together in their band China Davis for 20 years. On Friday they’ll celebrate that milestone with an anniversary show at The Swiss Restaurant and Pub in Tacoma.

The independent American-meets-classic rock group formed in 1997 in Gig Harbor.

The Fuller family is really into music.

Ted’s son Zildjian, 17, a senior at Peninsula High School, was named after the cymbal manufacturer of the same name.

The idea first came from Zildjian’s mother, Tiaunnah Knox, Ted said. She was in the band’s practice room and saw the name on a cymbal.

“We thought it was a cool-looking name,” Ted said.

The cymbal manufacturer is one of the oldest companies in the world. It was founded in Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) in the 1600s.

Zildjian’s (the boy) band Con Jon will open Friday’s show for his dad and uncle.

Zilly, as he’s called, lives for music, Ted said.

“He asks me about songwriting every time I see him,” Ted said.

China Davis is rounded out with Eric Balcom on bass and Kevin Beason on drums.

Also on Friday’s bill is another multi-generational group, Pig Snout. That band consists of Justin Tamminga, daughter Dahlia and son Lucien.

Tickets are $10 for men and $5 for women. The show starts at 9 p.m.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541, @crsailor

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