McKinney Rockers Prepare to Do Battle

ATLANTA McKinney + Silver’s rock band, called Pants, is going to Cleveland to compete for the national championship in the Fortune Battle of the Corporate Bands at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

The band won a regional competition last Saturday night in New York to advance to the final competition. Pants will compete against seven other bands from Nextel (Direct Connectors), Quicken Loans (The Loaners), Lehman Brothers (The Fifth), Texas Instruments (Spurious Freedom), Renal Care Group (Renal Rockers), Salt River Project (Second Shift Band) and Fantastic Furniture (U2 Seaters) of Sydney, Australia.

“We rocked the house in New York but, in truth, we were holding back,” said Andrew Delbridge, McKinney’s director of strategy and a guitarist and singer in the band. “We’re really planning to turn up the rock for Cleveland.”

Pants debuted last September at the Advertising Week in New York and won the Fluid Battle of the Ad Bands. Besides Delbridge, band members are David Baldwin, executive creative director on guitar and vocals; Wes Whitener, an art director who plays bass and sings; Mitch Bennett, a copywriter, guitarist and singer; and Jerry Bodrie, a management supervisor on the drums. Kevin Grealy, a copy editor, is the band’s manager, and Anson Burtch, a broadcast producer, is the group’s producer.

The Battle of the Corporate Bands started five years ago to recognize the musical accomplishments of people who have regular jobs, from CEOs to truck drivers. The event raises money for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s educational programs.

The winner will be selected after a competition at the Hall of Fame on Oct. 7 and 8.