A Phish Profile

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Patrick Borchard is the chief financial officer for Pangea Properties, a privately held real estate investment trust based in Chicago. When he’s not working, Patrick Borchard enjoys playing guitar and attending Phish concerts–he has been to more than 50 shows.

Though never wildly commercially successful in the traditional sense, the American rock-and-roll band Phish has acquired a fanatical following due to their live concerts, which rely heavily on improvisation and jamming sessions. Diehard Phish fans often follow the band around the country and debate past concerts with each other.

Phish was founded in a dorm room at the University of Vermont, where drummer John Fishman and guitarists Trey Anastasio and Jeff Holdsworth (who later left the band) first starting playing together. They were later joined by bass player Mike Gordon and keyboardist Page McConnell. The band’s first album was independently released in 1988 and by 1993, the band began to see chart success. While most preceding albums charted, Phish is best known for its amazing live performances and they continue to tour today.


The CF Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Patrick Borchard has served as chief financial officer of real estate investment trust firm Pangea Properties for the last six years. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Patrick Borchard pursues a passion for playing the guitar, particularly on his CF Martin D-28 acoustic guitar.

First introduced in 1931, the D-28 has long been known for its wide-body dreadnought design, which creates a high-quality tone and powerful bass projection. Originating from CF Martin & Company in Pennsylvania, the D-28 quickly gained popularity among country bands, who preferred its deep sounds when playing alongside fiddles and banjos. The guitar has since become predominant in the realm of bluegrass music, serving as the favored guitar of several famous performers, including Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, and Paul McCartney.

The six-string model’s East Indian Rosewood and Sitka Spruce wood design provides a warm and resonant sound quality, optimizing the guitar’s use for vocal accompaniment and songwriting. In addition, the guitar features a solid black ebony fretboard and hardwood neck, which eases playing for any musician.