CPAs Rock Out for Education

BY TOM BYRNE

Washington state CPAs let loose after a long tax season at the second annual CPA Battle of the Bands, which featured performances from five Seattle-area accounting bands.


Participating groups included Disregarded Entity, Industry Audit Guys, Terminal Liability, and the University of Washington’s Beta Alpha Psi band, Facial Depreciation, which wowed the crowd with its songs “House of GAAP” and “We Will Audit You” (sung to the tune of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”).

After almost 200 attendees cast their votes, the Accounting Crows, from the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Bellevue chapter, took top honors. The winning band is composed of Pete Miller, CPA, CFE; Malcolm Edwards, CPA; Doug Cruickshank, CPA, J.D.; and Mike Monroe, CPA, ABV, who were all employees of Bellevue firm Clark Nuber P.S. during the May 19 event (for the evening, the group received permission to use the stage name of West Hartford, Conn.-based CPA band the Accounting Crows, who, according to Edwards, “have been out of the garage for some time”).

The event, sponsored by the South King County Chapter of the WSCPA, raised $2,000 for the accounting departments of the Des Moines, Wash., campuses of Highline Community College and Central Washington University.

—Tom Byrne, CPA

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