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
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.
Dina Blau Todd Mesek
The Lippin Group Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum