At last week's IEEE EMC Symposium, engineer-musicians assembled for two 90-minute sessions of pure entertainment for the attendees. Originally formed for the 2009 Symposium in Austin, the EMC Band played in 2010 and 2011 but was shut down in 2012 and 2013. This year, Symposium general chair Bruce Archambeault gave us a new life by arranging for us to play in a space above the registration at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Band leader Jeff Silberberg brought electric and acoustic guitars, saxophones, a bass guitar, drums, and keyboards. Fred Heather, who played in previous EMC Band gigs, brought the sound equipment and ran the system along with assistant Ryan Roberge. Fred did try to operate some of the equipment using his iPad through WiFi, but ran into interference from the convention center's WiFi system, thus proving that even EMC engineers can have EMC problems.
Here's the 2014 EMC Band lineup.
- Jeff Silberberg: Electric and acoustic guitars, bass, keyboards, alto 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
Mike Violette sings "Your Cheating Heart" by Hank Williams.
Left to right: Jeff Silberberg, guitar; Mike Violette, guitar and vocals; Ken Wyatt, drums; and John McCloskey, bass.
I accompanied vocalist Lou Feudi on "You've got a Friend." I also played two of my original songs about life as an engineer and one instrumental. They're all on video, along with other videos and more photos, at The EMC Band plays again.