The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Fortune Magazine and NAMM Announce the Winners of the Fifth Annual Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands

Oct 12, 2005, 01:00 ET from McKinney

    DURHAM, N.C., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- PANTS!, the McKinney band from
 Durham, NC, was named the first place winner of the eight-band final
 "playoffs" in The Fifth Annual "FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands." The
 finals took place this weekend at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in
 Cleveland, Ohio and marked the culmination of a yearlong musical competition.
 This year's FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands is a partnership among
 FORTUNE Magazine, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and NAMM, the
 International Music Products Association.
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     More than half a million dollars has been raised for the Rock and Roll
 Hall of Fame and Museum's Educational Programs since the launch of this
 competition five years ago.  The Museum preserves the cultural history of rock
 and roll through exhibits, research, distance learning programs, public forums
 and student programs that explain how popular music has intersected with our
 society, politics and culture.
     The panel of judges included Jeff Carlisi (.38 Special guitarist and
 founder of Camp Jam), Liberty DeVitto (drummer for Billy Joel and other Hall
 of Fame artists), GE Smith (10 yr. Musical director for Saturday Night Live),
 and Southside Johnny (founder and vocalist, Southside Johnny and the Asbury
     The Winners of the 2005 The Fifth Annual "FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate
 Bands" are:
      First Place - PANTS! - McKinney (Durham, NC)
      Second Place - The Loaners - Quicken Loans (Livonia, MI)
      Third Place - Spurious Freedom - Texas Instruments (Tucson, AZ)
     The FORTUNE Battle is a celebration of musicians with day jobs.  Band
 members range from CEOs to truck drivers and beyond.  Music helps develop
 teamwork, discipline, creativity, passion, harmony and commitment - all skills
 that are valued in business. The number of bands entering the 2005 competition
 jumped to 40, an astonishing 140% increase over last year.  Statistics for
 2004 show the music products industry hitting record revenues, with marked
 increases in purchases by baby boomers and older gen-xers.
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