Mount Mercy-fueled band advances to semifinals

Frontier Natural Products Co-op™ employee band Aeroroot, comprised of Mount Mercy College Assistant Professor of Business Tracy Tunwall, alumni Clint Landis ’88 and Brett Karminski ’01, along with Steve Krusie, Frontier’s public relations director, has been selected for the semifinals of Fortune magazine’s annual “Battle of the Corporate Bands” for the second straight year in a row. The band will perform in Las Vegas on May 22 at the Western Regional Competition. 

Last October the band competed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland after advancing to the National round of competition, where they met celebrity judges Tommy Lee of Motley Crew and Jeff Carlisi of .38 Special. Aeroroot was one of only 55 bands that earned the honor of playing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year with other regional winners from Los Angeles, Nashville, and London. 

Aeroroot, named after the herb arrowroot and as a tribute to Aerosmith, is made up of four members, all Frontier Natural Products Co-op™ employees. Tunwall, who formerly served as vice president of human resources for Frontier, plays bass guitar and sings back-up vocals. Band members include Landis, lead vocalist and chief marketing officer for Frontier, Karminski, lead guitarist and Frontier band manager, and Steve Krusie, director of public relations, who plays drums and sings back-up vocals. 

Aeroroot routinely performs for charity functions, including fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Flood them with Love, and other non-profits. Last year Aeroroot raised over $300,000 in one evening for the Diabetes Research Foundation. The band was recently featured in the Mount Mercy Magazine for their success on stage and work within the community. Read the full story online. 

The Fortune magazine Battle of the Corporate Bands is a fundraiser for children through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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