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June 18, 2013

A history of the Swon Brothers

— 1985

Zach Swon is born.

1987

Zach gets his first drum set at age 2.

1988

Colton Swon is born.

1991

Colton begins singing at age 3.

1992

Zach is playing drums for his parents’ gospel group regularly at age 7.

1993

Colton begins learning to sing harmony and gets his first, little acoustic guitar at age 5.

1994

Tammy and Kelly Swon begin the Westwood Music Show in Wagoner. Colton begins singing in the Westwood Music Show and Zach plays drums.

1995

Zach begins learning acoustic guitar at age 10.

1996

Colton, 9, and Zach, 12, stop in Nashville to try and get a record deal on the way to Disney World. They never make it to Florida, and they don’t get a deal.

1997

Zach plays with David Frizzell (“You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma”) when Frizzell comes through Muskogee and needs a drummer for one show.

1998

Zach begins playing keyboard and piano at age 13.

1999

Zach plays in Pittsburg State University's 25th annual Jazz Festival with several other Hilldale High School students.

2000

Colton, 12, and Zach, 15, start calling themselves the Swon Brothers.

2001

Colton begins playing bass and drums. Saxophone player Jermaine Mondaine and drummer Ron Boren join the Swon Brothers’ band.

2002

Swon Brothers perform at Wagoner’s Fourth of July celebration for the first time and Wagoner’s Summerfest for the second time.

2003

Swon Brothers hold a concert at the Wagoner Civic Center. The Chamber of Commerce predicts they will “go far.”

2005

The Swon Brothers perform at Habitat for Humanity’s Gospelfest and many other area events.

2007

Zach competes in KOTV’s “Gimme the Mike” singing competition.

2008

Colton competes on “American Idol,” making it among the top 48 contestants.

2009

Swon Brothers continue to perform around the area, including a Back to School Bash at River Country Water Park.

2010

The Swon Brothers perform at the 2010 Okie Country Music Fest during ESPN’s Bassmaster tournament at Three Forks Harbor.

2013

Zach and Colton Swon become the first duo to get to live rounds on NBC’s “The Voice.”

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