WACO, Texas (KWTX) Baylor senior Josh Bissonette of Anaheim Hills, Calif., had 57 starts at second base during the 2018 season, won an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention and counts Grammy-winning artist Elton John among his fans.
Baylor senior Josh Bissonette. (Photo by Christy Soto)
That’s because his father, Matt Bissonette, has played bass in John’s band since 2012.
Josh says the performer is a big baseball fan and loves the Atlanta Braves.
“He is always asking my dad how I am doing, if I am doing well at the plate, if I have made any good plays or anything he is just a great guy,” Josh said.
“I can’t say enough just how grateful we are that he gave my dad the chance to fill that bass player spot.”
Matt Bissonette left North Texas State University in the early 1980s to join Maynard Ferguson’s band and has toured with a number of artists including Sheena Easton, Christopher Cross, Beach Boy Brian Wilson, David Lee Roth and Joe Satriani.
He stays busy these days traveling the world with Sir Elton, but he still finds a way to support his son even from thousands of miles away.
“He is the most supportive guy on the planet,” Josh said.
“It will be like four in the morning and no matter where he is overseas he is there behind his computer screen watching every second of the game.”
Josh’s dad was unable to attend his son’s senior game because John was on tour in Vienna, but he surprised his son with a recorded message.
During the introduction of seniors before the game, the announcer asked everyone to look at the big screen at the Baylor Ballpark.
“All of a sudden I saw my dad on the screen with the rest of his team. When I saw that I lost it, I was crying, I told myself I wasn’t going to cry but it was really special to me and my mom,” Josh said.
The message was from the entire band, including Elton John.
“Hey Josh we hear you’re graduating on Saturday and we would like to say from Vienna how fantastic, brilliant, well done, congratulations go hit a home run, love you Josh,” the musicians said.
Josh says he has met Elton John a couple times, so it meant the world he would take the time to record that message.
Josh says near or far, his dad always supports him and he never misses his phone calls before games.
“I call him before every game to pray, it’s kind of our thing and I think it will be our thing for a long time,” Josh said.
Josh and his dad share a big love of baseball.
Because he was home-schooled, he had plenty of opportunities to travel with his dad and the two visited all 30 Major League stadiums.
And it should come as no surprise that Josh share his father’s love of music.
“It’s fun it’s kind of like putting puzzle together you learn what direction you want to take a song and follow it and you learn quickly if its sounds good then you just throw it away and start from scratch,” Josh said.
Although his dad plays classic rock, Josh says he still supports his Hip Hop and Electronic Dance Music.
“I was born in a different generation so I am into EDM and Hip Hop and that’s kind what I follow along in making,” Josh said.
"My dad is one of my biggest supporters,” he said, “but I also got to give a lot of love to my mom, my dad and I can talk baseball or any adversity, but I can to talk about my mom about any life advice,” Josh said.
Josh says his dream would be to play pro baseball and to sign a record deal, but right now he is focused on getting the Bears to a national championship.