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Ffej's Current Musical Projects

Ffej's Musical Projects

Listed in alphabetical order

The Heavy Push

The Heavy Push live at McCleary's 2013
A power trio featuring up-and-coming young guitarist Joey Dougherty and seasoned veterans Mike Dinse (bass) and Ffej Herb (drums), The Heavy Push performs a variety of 60s and 70s classic rock as well as blues, jam-band, and progressive rock-influenced original compositions.  At only eighteen years of age, Dougherty is poised to make a big dent in the local music scene and beyond!  Visit The Heavy Push on Facebook.


Promo photo, November 2013
Featuring Jay Baab (guitar), Andy Mowatt (guitar), Ben Eberts (bass) and Ffej (drums), herbie raised the bar for the Central PA jam band scene over the course of the last fifteen years.  The band released its latest full-length CD - simply titled herbie - in December 2013. In addition to playing sporadically around Central PA, herbie convenes annually for a special holiday show, dubbed "A Very Herbie Xmas," at Tellus360 in Lancaster for a special evening of original music, special cover tunes, and appearances from numerous guest musicians.  "A Very Herbie Xmas" is typically held on the second Saturday in December.  Check out some great herbie live show downloads @ You can also follow herbie on Facebook.
Discography: High Impact (2004); Hind (2005); Left of Center (2007); herbie (2013)

Number Nine

Number Nine at Governor Mifflin Days 2011
Ffej has been a member of this Berks County-based Beatles tribute band since the summer of 1999.  With an impressive repertoire of about 150 Beatles songs at its disposal, Number Nine really digs into one of the most hallowed catalogs in the history of rock and pop music, performing everything from the #1 hits to obscure album tracks to songs the Beatles themselves covered from other artists.  The five-piece group doesn’t bother with dressing up like the Beatles; instead, it concentrates on providing an authentic recreation of the Beatles’ timeless music to its audiences.  Number Nine includes John Heffelfinger (keyboards, vocals, guitar), Ed Mace (guitar, vocals), Dave Grill (guitar, vocals), Tom Freese (bass, vocals) and Ffej (drums, vocals).  For more information, visit the band's web site at or Facebook page.

Solar Federation

In 2015, the iconic Canadian progressive rock trio Rush celebrated its 40th anniversary with a career-spanning tour that is likely to be the band’s last. With interest in the band at an absolute peak, there is a high demand from fans to see and hear this music played live on stage.

Enter Solar Federation.

Hailing from Central PA, Solar Federation performs the music of Rush with passion and precision, tuning into all of the fine details that die-hard fans analyze with every spin of an album. The brainchild of seasoned drummer Ffej Herb, Solar Federation begins with his life-long obsession with Rush. Although the idea of starting a band exclusively dedicated to Rush’s music sparked many years ago, it wasn’t until he finally met fellow Rush fanatic and guitar virtuoso Eric Wirsing that the idea became a reality. With two of the core members of the band solidified, they set out on the daunting task of finding a “Geddy Lee.” This quest resulted in the inevitable splitting of Geddy’s role between two equally qualified musicians: local legend Mike Bitts on bass and keyboards, and the four-octave voice of Berklee-trained Julie Schreiber.

In order to tackle the enormous undertaking of performing Rush’s music at a level deemed acceptable to its fans, Solar Federation spent an entire year honing its initial set list and rehearsing what is often called the most complex and difficult catalog of songs to perform in all of rock music. After only a handful of live performances, the band quickly established itself as the premier female-fronted Rush tribute band on the East Coast, garnering praise from fans for its accurate interpretation of the material, meticulous attention to detail, and Julie's passionate delivery of Rush’s dynamic melodies and thought-provoking lyrics.

“You can’t fake it with this band,” said Herb. “Rush fans are incredibly loyal and know the music inside and out. We didn’t even post a teaser video on the Internet until just before our first show.”

And fans are definitely starting to take notice. Chatter on Clockwork Angels, the leading Rush fan page on Facebook, and other related sites has been overwhelmingly positive. The band also captured the attention of RushCon, the largest North American gathering of Rush fans, and in August 2016 appeared as its “Tribute Band of the Month” at Members of the band have also appeared on Digital Men, the premier podcast dedicated to all things Rush.

Rush has long been recognized for its legions of devoted fans from all corners of the world. “I was floored to learn that people travel from all over the Mid-Atlantic region to attend our shows,” said Herb. “To me, that not only speaks volumes about the loyalty of Rush fans, but it’s also a testament to the quality of our band.”

For more information, visit or the band's Facebook page.

Think Tank Musiquarium

Think Tank Trio live at Harrisburg Brewers Fest 2013
Comprised of Ffej on percussion and Aaron Daniel Gaul (better known in Central PA as ADG) on guitar and loop station, Think Tank held a residency for two years every Thursday night at O’Reilly's Taproom at the Best Western Premier in Harrisburg, PA.  The duo performs a variety of classic rock, folk, bluegrass, and jam-band covers as well as compositions from ADG’s original repertoire.  Occasionally, you can see them perform as a trio with the addition of Mike Dinse or Jeremy Pierce on bass.  For more information, visit the band at Reverb Nation and follow on Facebook.