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Westword: The Moderators Play Music for Charity

Moderators Westword Interview

Like any other town, Denver has its share of cover bands, and those bands often tend to get overlooked, because, well, they're playing somebody else's music. Thus, our latest feature, Cover Band of the Week (or, perhaps more accurately, every few weeks, because let's be honest: There's a finite number of bands). This week: The Moderators. The Moderators are a band made up of CEOs and other professionals who are as serious about getting down as they are about giving back, helping various charities raise money. We recently spoke with a few of the Moderators, Mike Fries, Ed Haselden, Bryant Martin, and Bob Deibel, about how and why these busy business guys make time for the music. Westword: I was looking at your website, and it looks like you guys are the cover band with a big heart. It looks like this is mostly for charity -- am I understanding how this kind of works? All the proceeds go to charity? Ed Haselden: Well, you know, it's a band that's comprised of guys that run businesses, and we all have a passion for music, but somehow, we kind of fell into this thing of playing for charities, and it's really kind of become a platform. So, we don't charge for any of our time. Read more at Denver Westword.  

Davidson: Colorado Symphony gala takes guests From Bach … To Rock

Arrow Electronics and CBS4 were the presenting sponsors of From Bach ... To Rock, and Arrow's CEO, Mike Long, enjoyed the evening with his wife, Karen. - Steve Peterson, Special to The Denver Post The one excuse that simply would not fly for anyone trying to wiggle out of the Colorado Symphony Ball this year was: "Honey, you know I'm not wild about all that long-haired music." The reluctant attendee probably meant he or she didn't care for classical music, preferring, instead, something a bit more lively by groups like the Rolling Stones, U2, the Beatles and Carlos Santana. Nice try, but guess what? Mick, Bono and the others aren't exactly sporting crew cuts, and with From Bach ... to Rock as the theme and the storied Fillmore Auditorium as the venue, it was a sure bet that the dance music wasn't going to be from a time when the Top Ten was written with a quill on a parchment scroll. From Bach ... To Rock featured the clever pairing of symphony musicians and The Moderators, and between them, they covered all the bases and gave everyone a night to remember. The after-dinner fun began on a sedate note with two or three couples waltzing to "Begin the Beguine." Things picked up in a hurry, though, when The Moderators struck the first chords of such golden oldies as John Mellencamp's "R.O.C.K. in the USA" and the Stones' "Honky Tonk Woman." The Moderators are eight corporate executives whose day jobs have nothing to do with music. The group includes Mike Fries,president/CEO of Liberty Global; Ed Haselden, CEO of the construction company that bears his name; and Bob Deibel,president of OfficeScapes. Haselden and Deibel chaired From Bach ... to Rock with their wives, Jenni Haselden andLindsay Deibel; and Arrow Electronics vice president Rich Kylberg and his significant other, Jillian Parker. "A little over" $850,000 was raised, according to Mary Rossick Kern, who chairs the symphony board with her husband, Jerry. Nine hundred friends of the symphony were seated for dinner, catered by the Grand Hyatt Denver. BJ Dyer and Guenther Vogt from Bouquets incorporated guitars and violins in the floral centerpieces. Dyer, a member of the CSO board, and Vogt invited their longtime friend Pam Cocker to join them at the Bouquets table; her husband, the legendary rocker Joe Cocker, was on tour and unable to attend. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock arrived in time to help master of ceremonies Ed Greene of CBS4 present the Margaret Phipps Award to the symphony musicians. Accepting wereMargaret Hoeppner (cello), Terry Smith (percussion) andYumi Hwang Williams (concertmaster) who between them have a 102-year history with the orchestra. Gov. John Hickenlooper ; former Mayor Wellington Webband his wife, Wilma, and about a dozen members of the military were among the VIP guests, joining such other major backers as Liberty Media's John Malone and his wife, Leslie; Merle Chambers and Hugh Grant; Izzy Abbass, director of the University of Colorado Denver's Boots to Suits program for returning veterans; Denver Center for the Performing Arts chairman Dan Ritchie; Sage Hospitality's Walter andChristie Isenberg; SCFD board chair Kathy Spuhler and her husband, Hanspeter; Carl and Carol Vogel; grocersPete Marczyk and Barbara Macfarlane; Ballard Spahr partners Jeff Cowman and Kim McCullough; and Sandy Elliott with Dr. Bruce Paton. Originally by By Joanne Davidson, The Denver Post Published: May 12, 2013, 12:01 AM Updated: May 10, 2013, 1:14 PM Joanne Davidson: 303-809-1314, or

Press Release – Climb to Glory: Legacy of the 10th Mountain Ski Troopers

December 6, 2012 (Denver)- A collaboration between the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, A Wish of a Lifetime, and Warren Miller Entertainment, presents. The Red Carpet Premiere of “Climb to Glory,” a 45-minute documentary about the legacy of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troopers January 17, 2013 at the Oriental Theater. Produced by Warren Miller Entertainment, this documentary tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troopers and how they transformed skiing as a whole and championed the U.S. Ski Industry after World War II. After participating in a major turning point in the War, these heroes came back from Europe as pioneering individuals and helped expand skiing from general resort development to a lifestyle sport. Narrated by Wish of a Lifetime Founder, Jeremy Bloom, “Climb to Glory” highlights their astounding impact to our country and the ski industry while incorporating the fun and flair of Warren Miller films. The premiere will feature the documentary and gives guests the opportunity to meet and greet original 10th Mountain Division members. The event also includes live music from Denver’s own, The Moderators and exciting raffle items.  The evening will be hosted by pro big mountain skier, Chris Anthony.  All funds raised will be split equally between Wish of a Lifetime and The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum nonprofit organizations. Founded in 1976, The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum is passionately dedicated to safeguarding the spirit and evolution of snow sports and their contributions to Colorado’s History. This non-profit organization oversees a statewide Research and Artifact Collection Facility, programs to preserve the history of the 10th Mountain Division, a museum that serves the State of Colorado and Vail Community, and the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. Wish of a Lifetime was founded in 2008 by two-time Olympic skier, World Cup gold-medalist, entrepreneur and former NFL football player Jeremy Bloom. This organization spreads inspirational stories of hope by granting lifelong wishes to seniors ages 65 years and older who have overcome tremendous challenges in their lives. Wish of a Lifetime has made more than 400 hundred wishes come true for seniors, two of them being 10th Mountain Division members. Wish of Lifetime is delighted to promote this premiere with The Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum. Get Tickets to the Red Carpet Premiere at For more information contact: ###

DenverPost: Denver cover band, The Moderators, is comprised of seven CEO’s

The Moderators are a cover band made up of seven CEO’s and presidents of companies based in Denver. They practice at Centennial Airport in the private airplane hanger of Ed Haselden, one of the members of the band and CEO of Haselden Construction. “You’ve heard of garage bands. Well, our garage has airplanes in it,” Haselden says. This year The Moderators performed their annual show at the Gothic Theater on March 9, 2012 at which they raised $125,000 for Mile High United Way. Video by Mahala Gaylord
For these CEOs, playing in the band is a way of having fun, connecting with the community and raising money for organizations they care about.
The Moderators have several shows coming up. May 31st they play Metro Denver Partners – Rock for Youth! June 2nd they play MCA Denver & Radio 1190 Present: The Mutants and the Moderators. June 4th, 6:30 p.m. Film on the Rocks – “Office Space” with The Moderators.

World Down Syndrome Day hopes to bring awareness in Denver

DENVER - Members of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation stopped by 9NEWS Saturday morning to discuss World Down Syndrome Day on Wednesday, March 21. See the full article at

Crawling to shake off stress

Music Men. The Moderators, a cover band whose members are prominent Denver CEOs, are holding the second annual Moderators Ball, beginning at 8:30 tonight at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood. The concert is a benefit for Mile High United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, ChallengeDenver and The NET College Access Program at Littleton High School. Band members include Ed Haselden, Mike Fries, Bryant Martin, Dave Morrison, Dick Capek, Josh Skelton and Bob Deibel. Tickets: Read more: Parker: Crawling to shake off stress - The Denver Post

Denver Zoo Celebrates Do At The Zoo

Denver, CO  – Denver’s favorite summer party and Denver Zoo’s largest fundraiser, Do At The Zoo is back again! This year, guests can learn and support what we do at the zoo. Presented by Haselden Construction. Join Denver’s wild party animals for the zoo’s best gala ever, featuring more than 30 of Denver’s top restaurants and bars serving their best menu items and signature drinks. Guests will also experience music, dancing and close-up animal encounters in the incomparable setting of Denver Zoo at twilight. This year’s Do At The Zoo entertainment includes a Battle of the CEO Bands and a showcase of the best local musicians presented by Westword. Ed Haselden, CEO of Haselden Construction, and his band The Moderators have extended a challenge for Denver’s top CEO bands to a battle it out on the main stage. A best dressed contest is planned to award the attendee donning his or her best CockTAIL attire. From animal prints and safari khaki to classic cocktail dresses, Do At The Zoo has a singular style. Denver Magazine fashion editors will judge guests based on style, creativity and animal magnetism. Two winners with receive a $500 shopping spree and will be featured in the August edition of Denver Magazine. In its 20-year history, 34,000 Do At The Zoo guests have raised nearly $8 million to improve Denver Zoo and support its animal conservation efforts. This year guests’ will support two great causes. First, ticket proceeds will benefit Asian Tropics, the largest conservation project in our history. The exhibit will provide a 10-acre habitat for endangered animals including Asian elephants, Indian rhinos and Malayan tapirs. Second, Do At The Zoo supporters will also make an important contribution to the ongoing field conservation efforts in Asia. Staff booths will be set up to detail all of those efforts. Date : June 17, 2010 

Time : Do At The Zoo kicks off at 6 p.m. for VIP early entrance and at 7 p.m. for regular ticket holders Location : Denver Zoo 

Admission : Ticket are on sale now at $125 juniors (ages 21-32), $175 individuals (general admission) $150 zoo members (buy by May 31) $200 junior VIP ticket featuring early access and VIP entertainment & toast (ages 21-32) $275 for VIP tickets featuring early access and VIP entertainment & toast

Execs follow the beat of their own drummers

Date: Sunday, December 13, 2009, 10:00pm MST - Last Modified: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 11:24am MST By: Nissa LaPoint Special to the Business Journal Business co-workers know Bob Deibel and Ed Haselden as high-powered company executives who drum up revenue. But after work, Deibel and Haselden trade in their suits and ties for T-shirts and drum up some fun. Deibel, president of OfficeScapes    , and Haselden, CEO of Haselden Construction, meet about three times a month to play with other Denver executives in their classic rock band called The Moderators. “It’s a fun release and a diversion,” said Deibel, who plays the drums. “I think people who come to see us play think it’s sort of fun and funny to see a bunch of old guys [on stage].” It’s a way for the seven band members — most of whom are in their late 40s or early 50s — to act out their alter egos and feel like rock ‘n’ rollers, said Haselden, a guitarist. The executives decided to keep the band together after its first performance for the Young Presidents’ Organization in December 2008. Since then, they’ve performed bimonthly at various business functions and occasionally at the Gothic Theatre    in Englewood and Dirk’s Sports Tavern in Centennial, Haselden said. Word is spreading about The Moderators, just as it is for attorney Ben Cohen of the Polsinelli Shughart law firm in Denver and his rare ability to play the lute. Since college years, Cohen has played an array of stringed instruments, most notably the lute, which is characterized by a teardrop-shaped body and bent pegbox popular in the 16th century. When Cohen isn’t litigating in appellate court, he’s strumming the lute in his music room at home or practicing his newest instrument, the trumpet, in his car while stopped at red lights. “He seems to have an affinity for early music,” said Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk, a soprano and faculty member at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s music department, who recorded an album titled “John Dowland, Lute Songs & Ayres: Elizabeth and Essex Songs” with Cohen in 2007. Centaur Records released the record, which features 16 lute songs. The pleasant sound of the lute, alone, drew Cohen to the instrument. “I’ve played with bands, and I’ve played my share of rock ‘n’ roll and blues and stuff, but I hate the wanton volume,” said Cohen, who often sports a plaid suit jacket and bow tie. “There’s something about the appellate side [of litigation] that appeals to me for the same reason that the lute and early music appeals to me — it’s quieter.” Quietness is of lesser concern to The Moderators, who play classic rock songs such as “American Girl” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and “Pump It Up” by Elvis Costello “a little bit too loud,” Haselden said. The executives arrange their schedules to practice as much as possible, and as loud as they want, inside a private hangar at Centennial Airport    . The band includes Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global    ; Josh Skelton, founder of Red Turtle Music; David Morrison, senior vice president of Grubb & Ellis; Richard Capek, medical director of CIGNA Healthcare; and real estate developer Bryant Martin. They try to set aside their executive personas and act as a team to prepare for performances. “These are all senior executives running companies,” Deibel said. “They’re used to being very directive, but we keep our egos in check.” Kendall Colman, president of the Colman & Company executive coaching firm, sees her singing and dancing skills on stage as an extension of her day job. She has helped plan and perform for The University Club of Denver’s annual “Twelfth Night” show since 2000. “I see that everything we do as leaders and followers is about performance,” Colman said. “It is really all about being so present that you are performing at your peak and eliminating distractions ... and that is performing to me.” As a coach, she teaches the importance of facing fears and practicing leadership skills. Performing in front of an audience forces her to practice these same skills and express her creative side, Colman said. “I’m sort of left-brained during the day, so it’s a whole brain integration, which I think helps me perform at my peak,” she said. She’s been practicing for, and helping to organize, the next “Twelfth Night”show, scheduled for Jan. 15. Growing up, Colman made up skits with her siblings and played field hockey. Participating in the show gives her the same sense of community and the challenge for perfection that she craves, she said. “If you can really connect with the audience, actually it’s a real regenerative process,” Colman said. The challenge of perfection, besides sheer enjoyment, is also a draw for Cohen’s pursuit of lute music. He enjoys researching ways to play the lute as it was used during the Renaissance. “I enjoy types of music that have more intellectual inquiry involved, especially in early music, where there’s a big concern about authenticity,” said Cohen, who believes he’s one of the few professional lute players in the Rocky Mountain region. Playing the music as it was played and sung in the 16th century requires research like his work as an attorney, he said. “I guess there’s an overlap in the appreciation for language,” Cohen said. “It’s similar to the work I do as a lawyer. Language is our medium.” Cohen also builds stringed instruments for his own use. His latest invention is the travel lute, a converted banjo with tuning machines inside. Despite the time and costs to keep their love of music and performing alive, The Moderators, Cohen and Colman agree that the personal satisfaction and enjoyment they get is worth the sacrifice. “It’s a great emotional high,” Haselden said. “It’s surprising how high a priority it is for us.” Read the original article at

24 bands to rock the mall in Concerts for Kids fundraiser

Memorial Day weekend is an invitation to throw open the door and face the music Posted:   05/26/2011 04:37:21 PM MDT
Updated:   05/26/2011 04:37:27 PM MDT By Ricardo Baca 
Denver Post Pop Music Critic The Denver Day of Rock fundraiser Saturday on the 16th Street Mall raises money for children's charities. ( Provided by Denver Day of Rock ) "because I feel like a lot of Denver is gala-saturated. It gets to be hard to pick and choose because there are so many and they're often so similar. "But this event is different. And I can't wait to play it." The Denver Day of Rock takes over the 16th Street Mall between Welton and Arapahoe streets with five stages of free music. More information: Ricardo Baca: 303-954-1394 or; @RVRB on Twitter DENVER DAY OF ROCK. Day-long music festival. On the 16th Street Mall. 2:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Free. Read more: 24 bands to rock the mall in Concerts for Kids fundraiser - The Denver Post 
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