The St. Jude’s Mighty Electric Band to Compete for Top Corporate Band Honors
Fortune magazine announced today the eight bands that will be advancing to the finals of the “Ninth Annual Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands.” The first music competition of its kind, the Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands provides amateur, company-sponsored bands the opportunity to step out of the conference room and celebrate their passion for music. The eight qualifying bands will take the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 2-3, 2009, and have the opportunity to earn the title of best corporate band.
One of those finalists is The St. Jude’s Mighty Electric Band from St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis. Formed in 2002, The St. Jude Band (formerly Shadyac’s Electric Hair Tonic) is a volunteer-based band that performs solely for the benefit of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Formed in ’02 from ALSAC/St. Jude employees, the band has played at dozens of events and parties ranging from Liberty Bowl Brunch to corporate get togethers.
Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands is a partnership between NAMM (the trade association of the international music products industry), Fortune magazine, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The national competition celebrates the positive effects of making music, which has been shown to increase employee morale and productivity in the workplace. Event proceeds benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s educational programs.
From the 34 entries, 18 bands from across the country were chosen to participate in one of two semi-final regional competitions, and in the end, eight finalists were selected to vie for the top spot at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum on October 2-3, 2009.