For Immediate Release
The 2019 Battle of the Bosses Halloween Edition Rocks South Maui
October 30, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
WAILEA, HI – This past Monday night, the second annual Battle of the Bosses, Halloween Edition, took place at Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea. The Battle of the Bosses is an all-out music competition where leaders of major companies take the stage with a band of talented employees from all corners of their businesses, rock out for a live audience, and raise money for Imua Family Services, Maui County’s largest early childhood development provider. The event featured rock star bosses and their teams, who along with the SongDivision team, strongly believe in Imua’s mission – “To Empower children and their families to reach their full potential.”
The event was conceived and created by SongDivision, which works with Fortune 500 companies in over 30 countries, using music to reinforce corporate values, strengthen company relationships and build meaningful brands.
This year’s competition included three teams going head to head in an all-out rock band showdown that didn’t disappoint. Returning were the 2018 Battle of the Bosses champions from The Four Season Maui Resort & Spa. Also joining this year’s competition was DeSilva Meeting Consultants and SB Building and Design.
SB Building and Designs’ “Living Room Legends” opened the competition by soulfully rocking the song “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton. Next up was DeSilva Meeting Consultant’s “DeSilva Linings” who offered up “Mountain Song” by Jane’s Addiction as well as an original song written by the band. Last up was the Four Seasons Maui Resort & Spa’s “Festering Wednesday” with five of the members of the band dressed as Uncle Fester and the lead female singer dressed as Wednesday from the Adams Family. Their cover of “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” by the Eurhythmics was a unique cover and was well received by the crowd.
The competition was judged by Grammy Award and Ha’hoku Hanohano audio engineer winner Eric Helmkamp of Paia. Eric has worked with rock legends Metallica, The Tragically Hip and Motely Crue.
It was a fierce competition as all three bands played three songs each showing their rock and roll skills and kept the audience dancing throughout the evening. During the performance of the Four Season’s band, “Festering Wednesday,” a conga line formed and snaked through dance floor. The event included audience participation with a Lip Sync battle and additional live performances by Felicity Raugust, Tom Baum and Dean Wong.
Given the caliber of the performances of the bands competing, it was a tough call for Judge Eric Helmkamp to make his choice. In the end, he named “DeSilva Linings” of DeSilva Meeting Consultants the winners and awarded them the 2019 Battle of the Bosses Gold Record.
The Battle of the Bosses concept came from the idea that many business leaders have a connection with music and also seek opportunities to give back in ways more meaningful than simply writing a check.
“We have always found that there is musical talent within every company, and from our experience, we know that there are plenty of business leaders who are passionate about music. We also recognize that companies care deeply about helping those in need and seek ways to encourage employee participation in these causes.” – Andy Sharpe, CEO, SongDivision
“I have always believed that if you want to get different results you have to step out on a limb and do something different! What could be more different for Maui’s top executives than taking the stage in a rock band format while team building with their company and supporting Imua Family Services? Everybody wins – or should I say everybody ROCKS!” – Dean Wong, Executive Director, Imua Family Services
About SongDivision: SongDivision is a global provider of collaborative musical experiences for the meetings and events industry offering team building, conference openers & closers, corporate entertainment, and brand activation services. SongDivision has received worldwide recognition for its innovative experiences that unite companies around their purpose using the science of music.
About Imua Family Services: Imua Family Services began in 1947 providing services to children with Polio in the Territory of Hawaii. Today, 72 years later, Imua is still making significant progress working with families and children together with a broad scope of child development programs including: Infant & Early Childhood Services, Imua Autism Services, Imua Inclusion Preschool, Camp Imua and Dream Imua.