the Funk!? was formed on or around January 5th or 6th of 2004.
Elia was contacted by Mr. Pat Kisor to fill a slot in his Band Challenge,
which Elia assembled a band to do, from the members of the Nick Fields
Five(+1). We had an insane frenzied week of practices and placed 3rd of
four. A week later, the same thing happened, only with Grant subbing for
Nick on drums, and Plona singing, it didn’t go so well, and we lost
to the Gay Vultures, by 7 votes, for 4th place. We had a lot of talks
along the lines of, we didn’t really suck too bad for playing together
a week and a half, and decided to continue playing.
Elia (bass, vox) – Elia kind of tells everybody
what to do and tries to prevent utter chaos, so he sometimes goes by “Gary.”
He grew up in West Chester and then in Montgomery, and tries to keep his
ears open. He’s 16 and likes hot pants. He plays a Squire bass with
groovy tapewound strings, a Rogue fretless, a cheap harmonica, or the school’s vintage
Fender P-Bass. He is currently amp-less.
Nick (drums) -
Jamie (guitar) -
Favorite bands: The Funky Meters, JB, SRV, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian,
Equipment: 2002 Gibson ES-135, 1973 Fender Princeton Reverb, Morley Wah/Volume
Zim (keys, vox) - Daniel Zimmer is one funkin' Jew.
his superpowers include: being an annoying freshman, talking incessantly,
and playing piano. He also makes a mean bowl of ramen noodle soup and
enjoys sushi and hot tubbing.
Plona (trumpet, vox) -
Name: Jonathan Edward Plona
Occupation: Full-time slack-off
Instrument: Mainly trumpet
Gear: My Bach Stradivarius silver trumpet with mouthpiece and assorted
other crap that came with it, my dexterous fingers, my skillful tongue,
and my amazing lips, all of which I use to the fullest extent. Playing
the Bach, of course.
Distinguishing features: I’m the big tall one holding a loud shiny
piece of metal.
(alto or bari sax) - It's Eric, your resident band nerd. Playing
music is just the one thing I enjoy doing the most, even if I complain
about it sometimes. I mostly like listening to classical and jazz music
(hence being a band nerd), but there's plenty of other music I listen
to if I like it. You can usually find me lurking around the band room
after school since I have nothing better to do. Interests include Chemistry,
Physics, Music (duh) and just generally having fun.
Gear: Alto Sax, Chainsa-- I mean Bari sax, plus just
about any other instrument I can get my grubby paws
Ethan (bone) -
Sam (alternate trumpet) - Freshman, 15, born in Cincinnati, OH, pretty
cool guy. Spend most of my time playing trumpet, practicing lax, doing
school stuff and hangin with friends, and recently practicing with WTF!
a Bach strativarius: “although, my trumpet is about 16 or 17 years
old, so it's seen better days, but i like to think of it as the ‘ghetto