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brownpenny

Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States

Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States
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the bands debut CD, "chapter" was released in 2009 and receives internet radio play from various sites

hear the whole CD @ www.brownpenny.net

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brownpenny is the culmination of when 5 talented musicians who had played in cover bands most of their lives, participated in a songwriter’s jamboree. The idea was that every songwriter would musically accompany the other songwriters throughout the show. The reactions from the audience and sponsors of the show were so enthusiastic that five of the participants decided to carry on as a band. The result is a band that is suited for practically any gig out there. Not only can they play hours of fantastic original material; they can also throw in their interpretation of an occasional cover or novelty songs spanning 4 decades. That’s why they've played Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA the Sellersville Theatre, Baly's famous Finnegan’s Wake, Chaplin’s Music Café among others.

Chris Michels began playing violin at age six. Dave Sullivan quit piano lessons by the time he was ten, so that he could play what he was hearing in his head. At age nine, Dennis Coleman was playing bongos, and begging for his own set of drums. Chuck Longenecker spent countless rainy afternoons jamming with neighborhood garage bands. Sean Smith was playing trumpet and saxophone before he got to middle school.

And that was decades ago…

Today, Chris still plays violin, sometimes fiddle, as well as anything else with strings. Dave sits daily contemplating at his piano, as well as, guitar. Dennis has his drums; in fact he has drums everywhere, as well as guitars and a piano. Chuck continues to explore his fascination with the science of jamming. Sean has left the brass behind, but is accomplished at bass and guitar.

At one time or another, each of these guys has been the lead singer in a band, and at times one or two have played together. Dave and Dennis first played together when the Beatles were still together.

Chuck has starred in musicals, Chris has traveled with some big name performers, Sean has become formally educated in music, later deciding he would rather play that teach.

What these guys have in common is that they are all songwriters who enjoy their own music as much as anyone else’s songs.

Brownpenny reflects this commonality. Their uniqueness comes from the historical culmination of their musical experiences, as they contribute to the songs that are written by their fellow members. It resonates as five capable lead singers support each other with strong harmonies.

Most importantly, they are five guys united by the tenacious wish to keep on doing that thing they have been doing for as long as they can remember.