Big Tuna and the Fishermen a Student Favorite at Teddi, Other Campus Events
Big Tuna and the Fishermen, Fisher’s faculty band, have become such a staple on campus, they even have their own campus email address.
The band, which formed in 2008, is sought after by students and staff alike to perform at campus events. And some of the College’s biggest events, including the Teddi Dance for Love and Relay for Life, are always at the top of the band’s list. They also play during the Faculty/Staff Holiday Party and the Biology Club’s Costume Concert for Conservation every year in October.
Members include: Dr. Greg Cunningham, Associate Professor, Biology (vocals, guitar, harmonica, and sometimes keyboards, banjo, and accordion); Dr. Daryl Hurd, Associate Professor, Biology (electric ukulele); Dr. David Rostetter, Associate Professor, Education (bass); Dr. Brad Kraft, Assistant Professor, Chemistry (keyboards); Dr. Mike Boller, Assistant Professor, Biology (vocals, part-time bass, part-time percussion, cow bell, guitar); and Luis Jimenez, spouse of Dr. Sherry Jimenez, Director of Assessment at the Wegmans School of Pharmacy (drums).
The band formed after Hurd mentioned the idea to Cunningham, and the two discovered they were thinking the same thing. They took their idea to Dr. Bob Costigan, Professor of Management, who introduced them to the band’s original drummer, Dr. Seungwon Jeon, former faculty member in the School of Business. The duo then approached Dr. Dave Rostetter, Associate Professor, Education, who they heard through the campus grapevine was a bass player, and pulled him on board. Dr. Jeff Liles from the School of Education was also in the band for about a year.
Originally, they called themselves, “The Fishermen.” After they realized that name had been used by a band from the 60s and 70s, “Big Tuna” was born (during a band happy hour) and added to the name, and the rest is rock history.
Big Tuna covers a wide variety of music from classic rock to the latest dance and pop music. They have performed songs by Neil Diamond, Johnny Cash, U2, Lady Gaga, James, Jimmy Eat World, and Taio Cruz, to name a few.
“We try to cater our music to the event, playing more dance music at Teddi than our other gigs,” said Boller. “We’ve got new stuff from Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, and Carly Rae Jepsum for this year’s Teddi.”
According to Boller, the band’s favorite part of the event is their opportunity to reenergize their students to keep moving.
And so, the band will take the Teddi stage for the 5th year in a row at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 9, to help recharge the students as the 24 hours start to wind down. The band also takes song requests via firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Our real goal is to give a little back to the students who work so hard on these events and try to get as many people involved as possible (and have fun). We also like to show everyone that professors are more than our disciplines - the band lets us show that,” added Boller.