Ernst & Young wins first place in FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands
American PI named "Best Corporate Band" with top honors for best guitar, drums and vocals in charity competition.

Fuente:   Fecha: 06.10.2011

Ernst & Young wins first place in FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands

NEW YORK -- By day, they are consultants who work with companies to improve business performance. But on Saturday night, it was a different kind of performance that brought the house down and earned them the title of "best corporate band" in America.

American PI, a rock and roll band featuring 11 of Ernst & Young LLP’s Advisory Performance Improvement professionals, won first place in the 11th Annual FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands.

The band was among eight finalists contending for the title at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on October 1. Three members of the group were named "best of" in their respective categories: Hank Woo for best guitar; Kevin Grassi for best drums; and Cyntressa Dickey won the Steve Eck Memorial best vocalist award.

The event is held each year to salute the best amateur, company-sponsored bands, and is presented by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), FORTUNE magazine and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Proceeds from the performance benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's music education programs.

"Ernst & Young is thrilled and extremely proud of American PI for this achievement," said Bob Patton, Vice Chair of Ernst & Young LLP's Advisory Services. "Our clients already know that this team rocks, now the world does, too! The camaraderie and teamwork -- not to mention talent -- that the band exemplifies is a true reflection of the spirit of collaboration and inclusiveness our consulting practice brings to our clients."

More than 25 corporate bands entered this year's competition. Eighteen bands were chosen to participate in three semifinal regional competitions, with eight finalists advancing to compete in the event's culmination and performing live at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

American PI was initially formed to provide entertainment at an internal meeting. The enthusiastic response from the 1800 peers and leaders who attended that meeting in February encouraged the band to enter the FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands. Since the band members are located in different Ernst & Young LLP offices across the country, rehearsals presented a challenge that was overcome by taking a consultants' adept approach to planning and executing and applying analytic skills as they would with a client assignment. The band gathered by conference call to share ideas, select songs, create new arrangements and coordinate logistics, and worked hard to prepare for each stage of the competition.

"The opportunity to play at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a dream come true for us, and winning the competition seemed unattainable for a band that just formed nine months ago," said Thomas Cucuzza, band leader, vocalist and keyboard player. "What makes this experience so important to all of us is that the firm allows us to pursue our passion for music and provided the flexibility and support to make this a reality."