PBM (band)

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OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresRock, pop punk, ska
Years active1997–present
MembersNate Castle
Tom Torrento
Jeremiah Hoehner
Dave Krogh
Steve Zdanio
Matt Marion

PBM is an American rock band based out of Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 1997 by lead singer Nate Castle and trumpet player Tom Torrento, PBM (Poor Boy Music) has released two full-length albums - Overview (2003) and One Sip at a Time (2006).

Between 2003-2007, PBM performed more than 500 shows nationwide and traveled approximately 250,000 road miles on their tour bus, aptly named "The Beast."

PBM has been profiled in the following periodicals:

-Six Degrees Magazine
-Billboard Magazine Online
-TV Guide
-The Detroit Free Press
-The Detroit News
-The Macomb Mayhem
-The Oakland Press
-The Daily Tribune
-The Oakland Post
-Real Detroit
-C&G Newspapers
-The Herald Dispatch
-The Daily Dispatcher

PBM has appeared on the following media outlets:

-The Mitch Albom Show (WJR-AM) -WDIV, Channel 4 -Fox 2 News Detroit -NBC's America's Got Talent

PBM has shared the stage with prominent musicians including The Recycled, Gavin DeGraw, The Presidents of the United States of America, Blessed Onion of Souls, The Verve Pipe, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Paul Rodgers (of Bad Company), and Tommy James and the Shondells, That Mustache Feeling, among others.

They have focused much of their energy developing a grassroots style fan-base of college students and indie-music fans, and have been showcase performers at APCA and NACA conferences.


Current Members

  • Nate Castle - Guitar/Lead Vocals (Founder)
  • Tom Torrento - Trumpet/Flugelhorn/Vocals (Co-Founder)
  • Jeremiah Hoehner - Trombone/Vocals/Percussion
  • Dave Krogh - Bass
  • Matt Marion - Sax
  • Steve Zdanio - Drums/Percussion

Former members[edit]

  • Kristi Felkowski - Trumpet
  • Tim Webber - Drums, Vocals
  • Matt Webber - Bass
  • Mike Thomas - Lead Guitar, Bass, Vocals
  • Gerry Castle - Lead Guitar, Lead Banjo
  • Ryan Romanik - Keyboards, Lead Guitar, Vocals
  • Rob Ciesluk - Drums
  • Matt Ravenscroft - Alto Sax
  • Ken Hiltunen - Trumpet, Trombone
  • Ryan Nassar - Trumpet
  • David Jakubowski - Trombone
  • Ed Hasspatcher - Bass
  • Garth Grawburg - Bass
  • Gerry "GVC" Castle - Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Bass
  • Jon "Johnny Shoes" Andrews - Merchandise and Guest Vocals

South By Southwest[edit]

In 2003, PBM traveled to Austin, Texas to perform at the annual South By Southwest festival. The band performed to a sold out crowd at The Whiskey Lounge along with a stable of well-established Detroit music acts, including The Deadstring Brothers, Gold Cash Gold and the rapper Tripp. In attendance were representatives from the UK based record label, Raw Fish Records.

The UK Tour[edit]

In 2003, the band traveled to England for a 2-week tour, performing in several cities. The band was invited by independent UK record label, Raw Fish Records. While on tour, PBM recorded a 5-song sampler called The Manchester Sessions at Manchester College. The band also performed at the In The City Festival, a major music festival. They showcased for major and independent labels and drew rave reviews.

One Sip At A Time Released[edit]

PBM released their last album to more than 2,500 people at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan. The album, One Sip At A Time was distributed nationally to major retail stores by Red Eye Distribution. It is still available through Amazon.com and other retail websites or through the band at performances.

America's Got Talent[edit]

PBM appeared on the June 28, 2006 episode of NBC's America's Got Talent. Piers Morgan voted against bringing the band back, while both Brandy and David Hasselhoff gave 'yes' votes to advance PBM to the next round. On the July 19 episode, PBM was not asked to perform in the semifinal round; they were thus eliminated from the competition.

The College Years[edit]

After a successful UK tour, PBM appeared at NACA Nationals as an unsigned artist. Eventually they were signed to Degy Booking International. PBM performed at hundreds of college campus across the country, traveling over 250,000 miles via rental cars, tour bus and planes.

The Reunion Show[edit]

On February 13, 2009 PBM reunited with former members and new members for a sold out show at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, Michigan. Those scheduled to appear include Nate Castle, Tom Torrento, Jeremiah Hoehner, Dave Jakubowski, Dave Krogh, Steve Zdanio, Gerry Castle and newcomer Matt Marion. The show will mark a new chapter for the group.

Side projects[edit]

During the PBM hiatus many side projects were formed to fill the void. Nate Castle formed a side project entitled, Nate Castle and The Sliders, which is now defunct. He also performs solo throughout the Metro-Detroit area in addition to performing acoustic shows with trombonist Jeremiah Hoehner, trombonist Dave Jakubowski and bassist Dave Krogh. Drummer Steve Zdanio formed the cover band The Domino Rally, which continues to perform in the Metro-Detroit area. Mike Thomas performs and tours nationally as a solo act, in addition to performing with the bands Moxie, Big Nixon and The Hotel Wellingtons all based in New York. Guitarist Gerry Castle performs with the Balduck Mountain Ramblers. Trombone player Dave Jakubowski performs with the band Blasé Splee.

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