The EMC Band plays again

-August 15, 2014

When the time comes to write my year-end summary, I'll certainly note that 2014 was the year that live music returned to the IEEE EMC Symposium. Engineer musicians pulled off another good gig, this time in Raleigh, North Carolina on August 5 and 6 for two 90-minute sessions.

The brainchild of Glen Watkins at ETS-Lindgren, The band first played at the 2009 Symposium in Austin, Texas. We has so much fun that we played again in 2010 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and 2011 in Long Beach, Calif. before being shut out in 2012 and 2013. Thanks to the efforts of EMC Symposium general chair Bruce Archambeault, we assembled and played outside the main ballroom above the registration area at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Band leader and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Silberberg organized the two sets of songs and brought guitars, saxophones, keyboards, and drums. Fred Heather brought the sound equipment, which he and Ryan Roberge assembled and operated.

The Lineup

  • Jeff Silberberg: Electric and acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards, tenor and soprano sax, vocals
  • Lou Feudi: Vocals
  • Cindy Catlin: Vocals
  • Dave Brumbaugh: Electric guitar, bass, vocals
  • John McCloskey: Electric and acoustic guitar, bass, vocals
  • Mike Violette: Electric guitar, vocals
  • Leo Smale: Electric guitar
  • Adam Lutz: Acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Bas de Groot: Bass
  • Kenneth Wyatt: Drums on almost everything
  • Martin Rowe: Acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Fred Heather and Ryan Roberge: Sound engineers

As in previous EMC Symposia musical gigs, we had more songs than time to play them, so Silberberg made some cuts and arranged the set lists.

And now, see photos and videos.

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