Bruce Moore, The Fringe Benefits Band
Business Name: The Fringe Benefits Band
Member Name: Bruce Moore
Business Address: Manassas, Virginia
Business Phone: 703-220-3093
Business Website: www.thefringebenefitsband.com
When and why did you decide to start your own entertainment business (band)?
I helped start The Fringe Benefits Band at the end of 2013 because my previous band “Shake It Up” dissolved after many years of performing. I wanted to continue to receive “music therapy,” enjoy the music, gigs, and relationships that come with playing in a band.
How does your business serve the local community?
We play popular music from the 80s through today, plus Motown, in area venues. These are not concerts but more of a party with lots of dancing. With four vocalists, guitar synth, guitar, bass, and drums, we are able to accurately cover a lot of material. We also play private parties including weddings.
Please share one of the greatest moments you’ve experienced in your current profession.
The first time our band played at Horseshoe Casino was one of a few “rock star moments.” The stage is viewable from three floors so the sound of the applause was incredible. On my way to dinner after the show, I was stopped a couple of times by audience members who told me how much they enjoyed the show—it is nice to be recognized.
Tell us about your experience with the HGBA. How has it supported you in your local business? HGBA was kind enough to plan an event prior to the band’s three year anniversary show. It was great to be able to perform for these business people who can offer referrals and come to shows.
What are the top three business tips and tricks can you offer other professionals?
1) Come regularly to networking events so folks recognize, trust, and then refer you.
2) Ask others at the network meeting what they do first, then wait for them to ask what you do. That is when they are listening.
3) Make happy customers—do good work, sell quality products. Solve problems in person if possible. Ask happy folks for testimonials, such as a review on Google.
Are you from this area? If not, what brought you here and what do you like about our town?
As a child I moved with my family following my Dad’s Navy orders. I did live in Northern Virginia throughout high school and attended college at UVA. I moved from Hampton to Durham, then back to northern Virginia.
What is your favorite season in this area, and why?
I like fall because of the low humidity and the mild, clear days. It is a great time to go camping.
What are some hobbies you enjoy?
Playing guitar is more than a hobby at this point. I also like to record, mix audio, and edit video. Many shows have used three or more cameras and 16 track audio.
What is your favorite restaurant?
My favorite dish is Veal Francese at Giuseppes in Haymarket, but I like many items and the atmosphere at Zandra’s in historic downtown Manassas.
What is your favorite local high school sports team?
Are you involved with any nonprofits? If so, which one(s) and why?
I serve on the board of the Center For The Arts at The Candy Factory in Manassas and also the board of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. Our band has even performed at a reduced rate and brought sponsorships to local charities such as CASA and Serving Our Willing Warriors. We also cooked breakfast at the SERVE homeless shelter on 2 occasions.
What was your first job, or your most interesting job prior to your current profession?
My first job was selling electronics at Lafayette Radio in Falls Church, which was during the time that the store started the “CB Boom” of the 70s.