October 18, 2006
Orange, CA, October 17, 2006–SKB Corporation was proud to present, Joe Dingwerth of Soul Focus at American Century Investments in Kansas City, Mo with the SKB-4214W 61 Note ATA Keyboard case as a part of the Best Keyboardist Award at The Sixth Annual FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands. The event encourages musicians who have formed bands at their places of business to compete on a national level with other corporate musical groups. The competition’s main sponsors are FORTUNE magazine; NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry; and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. As a member of NAMM, SKB Corporation was offered the opportunity to participate in this international competition by sponsoring the Best Keyboardist Award.
The finals took place Oct. 7, 2006, at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, marking the culmination of a yearlong musical competition. Nine band finalists were striving for first place.
The panel of judges included Jeff Carlisi (38 Special), Liberty Devitto (Billy Joel), Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett, Roger Daltrey), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan).
Suit Tie Hi Fi, the corporate band from a workers compensation firm called Cambridge Australia, based in Sydney, Australia, was awarded top honors in the playoffs. As grand prize winners, Suit Tie Hi Fi band members will receive an all-expense-paid Rock Star trip to the 2007 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., January 18-21, 2007, courtesy of NAMM.
Other award winners included: Second Place: SAS Band, SAS Institute (New York, N.Y.) Third Place: Soul Focus, American Century Investments (Kansas City, Mo.) Chrysler Fans Choice Award: Soul Focus, American Century Investments (Kansas City, Mo.) Best Vocalist: Mark Potter, Suit Tie Hi Fi (Sydney, Australia) Best Guitarist: Dana Rafiee, SAS Band (New York, N.Y.) Best Drummer: Al Mannarino, SAS Band (New York, N.Y.) Best Bassist: David Leoncavalo, Rage the Machine Again (Oxnard, CA), and Best Horn Player: Adam Adelkopf, Unrestricted Identity (New York, N.Y.).
“SKB Corporation has been making molded instrument cases and working with other music related companies for 30 years. We were pleased to sponsor the FORTUNE Corporate Bands Competition and promote the benefits of making music within the workplace”, stated Kathy Galbraith, Media Manager. The SKB-4214W 61 Note ATA Keyboard case features SKB’s patented corner cleat design to hold the keyboard on a hook and loop surface, added foam in the top lid, exterior bumpers to protect the hardware and valance from impact, convenient wheels, an ATA Cat 1 rating as an airline shipping container and protected under SKB’s Million Mile Lifetime Guaranty, the perfect accompaniment to the Edirol by Roland PCR-M80 Keyboard. Other prizes included a pair of pro studio headphones from Audio-Technica and an instrument cable from Planet Waves – D’Addario.
The FORTUNE Battle of The Corporate Bands encourages friendly competition among a vast variety of companies that support their employees, recognizing that music helps develop teamwork, discipline, creativity, passion, harmony and commitment – all skills that are valued in business. Compelling scientific findings link active music making to measurable improvements in health and wellness. In addition, music making helps reduce stress and anxiety. Statistics, research and results of scientific studies about the multiple benefits of music making are available at www.namm.org or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).
Marketing / Media Associate