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Albion father and sons part of winning band in Buffalo corporate challenge

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 November 2016 at 1:15 pm
Provided photos: Thom Jennings Sr. and Thom Jennings Jr., left, are part of Mouse Pad, which won a band competition a week ago in Buffalo.

Provided photos: Thom Jennings Sr. and Thom Jennings Jr., left, are part of Mouse Pad, which won a band competition a week ago in Buffalo.

BUFFALO – Thom Jennings and his two sons were part of a band called Mouse Pad that won the “Battle of the Corporate Bands” in Buffalo a week ago at The Town Ballroom.

Jennings and his son Thom Jr. are both employees at 360 PSG, a web development company.

The elder Jennings is a business development manager for the company and Thom Jr. works as a digital marketing specialist. Another Jennings, Trevor, is pursuing a music career and is a member of four bands.

Trevor plays the drums. Thom Jr. is a guitarist and musical director, and their father sings, plays the guitar and manages the band.

The band includes other 360 PSG employees. They won not only won bragging rights, but a chance to perform a at the next Music Is Art Festival in September 2017.

The band performed five songs at The Town Ballroom.

The band performed five songs at The Town Ballroom.

The bands in the competition all picked band names that had a connection to their company. 360 PSG picked Mouse Pad because it relates to the business’s services. National Fuel chose “Methane” and a debt collection agency picked “Paid in Full” for a band name.

Mouse Pad performed 5 songs. Three were cover songs – Elle King’s “Ex’s and Oh’s,” Lady Antebellum’s “We Owned the Night” and Pink’s “Just Like Fire.”

Thom Jennings Jr. plays the guitar for Mouse Pad.

Thom Jennings Jr. plays the guitar for Mouse Pad.

The originals were “Perfect Pop Song” written by Thom Jennings and “Guilty Pleasure” written by Jessica Chizuk.

Music Is Art hosted its second annual Battle of the Corporate Bands. The Music Is Art was founded by Buffalo native and Goo Goo Dolls bassist, Robby Takac.

Mouse Pad swept three awards including Grand Champion. Six bands competed in the event.

The event was designed as a corporate team building activity, and participating bands were made up largely of employees of each organization.

Mouse Pad featured six 360 PSG employees, which represented about 20 percent of the company’s workforce. In addition to Grand Champion, they captured awards for Best Original Song and Best Individual Performer (Jessica Chizuk).

Mouse Pad’s victory earned them a spot on the main stage at Music Is Art 2017 and studio time. 360 PSG has partnered with Music Is Art to assist the not-for-profit in rebuilding their website to optimize the organization’s web presence and produce a larger platform for the music events, programs and culture that Music Is Art and Buffalo offer each year.

Trevor Jennings plays the drums for Mouse Pad. He is a member of four bands.

Trevor Jennings plays the drums for Mouse Pad. He is a member of four bands.

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