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They're With the Band

2:10 PM -- When Double-Take Software CEO Dean Goodermote takes the stage at Microsoft's TechEd event next week, it won't be as a Redmond partner. Instead, he'll be the bass player in the company band, entertaining customers while they sip cocktails.

The band, aptly named Cluster-Funk, will "inspire you to groove," a company announcement states. "Playing tunes from the '70s through today, the band's musical brew blends bold, strident guitar power with cutting-edge jam sessions to create a medley that stands above other average cover bands."

Of course they stand above others: Vendors never relax, especially at industry events.

The giggin' Goodermote will be flanked by director of professional services Jim Armstrong on lead guitar; Georgia State University student (and his son?) Brandon Armstrong on congas; managers John Feeks and Lynn Shourds (vocals); and "educational consultant" Ben Merendino on drums.

Great marketing. Not only does Double-Take get to stand out at the Microsoft bash, it can serenade customers at the same time. Talk about perfect pitch.

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