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Kelly Concepts, LLC awards Best Drummer category to Al Mannarino of SAS Band (New York, NY) at the 6th Annual FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands.

Lincoln, Nebraska - Oct. 26 2006 – Kelly Concepts, LLC was proud to present, Al Mannarino of SAS Band, with the Best Drummer Award at The Sixth Annual FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands. The event encourages musicians who have formed bands at their places of business to compete on a national level with other corporate musical groups. The competition’s main sponsors are FORTUNE magazine; NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry; and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. As a member of NAMM, Kelly Concepts was offered the opportunity to participate in this international competition by sponsoring the Best Drummer Award.

The finals took place Oct. 7, 2006, at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, marking the culmination of a yearlong musical competition. Nine band finalists were striving for first place.
The panel of judges included Jeff Carlisi (38 Special), Liberty Devitto (Billy Joel), Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett, Roger Daltrey), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), and Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan).

Suit Tie Hi Fi, the corporate band from a workers compensation firm called Cambridge Australia, based in Sydney, Australia, was awarded top honors in the playoffs.

As grand prize winners, Suit Tie Hi Fi band members will receive an all-expense-paid Rock Star trip to the 2007 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., January 18-21, 2007, courtesy of NAMM.

Best Drummer, Al Mannarino, SAS Band (New York, N.Y.) and Sal Nicron of Air Products and Chemicals. Prize: Gretch custom snare drum from KAMAN, stick/brush/mallet pack from Harris Musical Products, a bass drum mic mount from Kelly Concepts and a set of drum heads and accessory pack from Evans - J.D'Addario. -- Photo by John Quinn

Other award winners included:

-Second Place: SAS Band, SAS Institute (New York, N.Y.)

-Third Place: Soul Focus, American Century Investments (Kansas City, Mo.)

-Chrysler Fans Choice Award: Soul Focus, American Century Investments (Kansas City, Mo.)

- Best Vocalist: Mark Potter, Suit Tie Hi Fi (Sydney, Australia) – Prize:  A Trion professional tube mic from CAD Microphones, a personal vocal monitor from TC Electronics / Helicon and a pro mic cable from Planet Waves - D’Addario.

- Best Guitarist: Dana Rafiee, SAS Band (New York, N.Y.) – Prize: 57 Les Paul Custom Vintage Original Spec guitar from Gibson Custom Shop.

- Best Bassist: David Leoncavalo, Rage the Machine Again (Oxnard, Calif.) – Prize: Takamine acoustic/electric bass and custom case from KAMAN, wireless system from Nady Systems, Hangman guitar stand from Vision Pop and a strings / accessory pack from Planet Waves - D’Addario.

- Best Keyboardist: Joe Dingwerth, Soul Focus (Kansas City, Mo.) – Prize: An Edirol by Roland PCR-M80 keyboard from Roland Corp., a rolling keyboard flight case from SKB, a pair of pro studio headphones from Audio-Technica and an instrument cable from Planet Waves - D’Addario.

- Best Horn Player: Adam Adelkopf, Unrestricted Identity (New York, N.Y.) – Prize: A saxophone and care kit from VJ Rendano, a clip-on sax mic from Audio Technica, and an accessory kit from Rico – D’Addario.

The FORTUNE Battle of The Corporate Bands encourages friendly competition among a vast variety of companies that support their employees, recognizing that music helps develop teamwork, discipline, creativity, passion, harmony and commitment – all skills that are valued in business.  Compelling scientific findings link active music making to measurable improvements in health and wellness.  In addition, music making helps reduce stress and anxiety.  Statistics, research and results of scientific studies about the multiple benefits of music making are available at

About NAMM:
The trade association of the international products industry, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization’s popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $16 billion global musical instruments and products industry. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of nearly 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM, interested parties can visit or call 800-767-NAMM (6266).


Sept. 21, 2006:
The KELLY SHU™ travels to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! The KELLY SHU™ has been chosen by NAMM to be included in the prize package at the FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands Finals this October 6-7. The KELLY SHU™ will be among prizes awarded to the winner in the "Best-Of" Drums category. The 6th Annual contest takes place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, sponsored by FORTUNE Magazine and NAMM. We will be posting an update about the event sometime in mid-October... Stay Tuned!

Shure® BETA-52®A - We've added a page to the site that illustrates the Kelly SHU™ mounted with a Shure® BETA 52®A Kick Drum Microphone. There have been numerous questions about this particular microphone, so we've posted a photo gallery which shows one installed using the internal mounting option. The Kelly SHU™ will accept the modular XLR connection on both the Beta 52®A and the Beta 56®A drum microphones. We've also posted a few photos on the new page showing other types of microphones mounted on The Kelly SHU™. With our system, you can use any microphone you choose, without modifying the microphone, giving you the option of changing out microphones to suit your needs. Since the microphone needs no modifications to fit The Kelly SHU™, the mic survives to live another day on a different stand.

BETA 52®A Photos Page

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More Photos from the FORTUNE 6th Annual Battle of the Corporate Bands.

WINNERS! Suit Tie Hi Fi and Joe Lamond, President and CEO of NAMM.
NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond hangs with members of the winning band "Suit Tie Hi Fi" at the FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands in Cleveland.

Crowd shot at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
A view from the stage at the 6th Annual FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands in Cleveland, Ohio.

"Suit Tie Hi Fi" came out on top at the 6th Annual FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands.

Drums, Microphones and clips shown in photos are NOT included with the Kelly SHU system. SHURE, BETA 52, and BETA 56 are trademarks of Shure Incorporated, registered in the U.S. and other countries. Neither Kelly Concepts, LLC nor its products are authorized, sponsored, or approved by, or affiliated with, Shure Incorporated. ©2006 - Kelly Concepts, LLC - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED