In the music business, melodically based offenses are considered especially heinous. In Virginia, the dedicated musicians that investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as The Fuzz Band.
These are their stories…
The Fuzz Band, whose sound is a fusion of Urban & Rock music, met and formed while attending Hampton University. Originally created as the house band for Fuzzy Wednesday, Virginia's longest running open mic, the band soon began collaborating on original music and developing their own sound. Performing first at local venues and colleges, the band soon released Without Boundaries, followed by Collision, Change, and a Change of the Guards.
Several years, albums, and three USO tours later, the band can count Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai, Africa, Portugal, Italy, Turkey, Jordan, and England as second homes where they experienced bombings, medical emergencies involving IVs, and pseudo kidnapping & ransom scenarios all in the name of music.
The Fuzz was featured in the Hollywood Issue of Black Enterprise Magazine, and has received nods in RollingStone and in Spin Magazine for their Chrysler Jeep Campaign. The band has performed with Grammy award winning artists such as Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Chicago, Jill Scott and Outkast, and has been commissioned to perform private parties for the NBA's Allen Iverson, Hall of "Fame-r" Bruce Smith, and was flown to Amsterdam and NYC to perform holiday parties for fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger.
In 2008, The Fuzz was a featured performer at President Barack Obama's inaugural ball. The band, who was also the first winner of the Annual Capitol Jazz Festival in DC, went on to headline the 43rd Annual Hampton Jazz Festival with Frankie Beverly and Maze in 2010. The Fuzz Band has also become a regular staple on Foxwoods Casino's entertainment roster as the showcased New Year's Eve headliner for the past two years; playing to roving crowds of over 5000 casino guests.
Surviving the dreaded “curse” which tends to tear most bands to apart, the Fuzz Band continues to rock.