Bryan Brothers, doubles champs, rock the house
Scene & Heard
From the Baltimore Sun
By Sloane Brown
Special to the Sun
December 17, 2006
You may know Bob and Mike Bryan as the world's No. 1-ranked doubles team in tennis. But, who knew that they were dynamite on keyboards, guitar and drums in their own Bryan Brothers rock band?
Just ask any of the gang - like Baltimore CEO Club president Doug Strouse, tennis champions Andrea Leand and Elise Burgin, Baltimore Tennis Patrons board member Gail Hagerty and tennis teaching pro Ronald Scott. They were all at the Rock-n-Racquets Reception and Auction shindig that Baltimore-born tennis champ Pam Shriver throws every year, the night before her annual Mercantile Tennis Challenge.
"They like music as much as they like tennis," their father, Wayne Bryan, explained, as his sons rocked the Hippodrome Theatre's reception hall. The elder Bryan apparently set the family standard, working as a tennis coach and performing in his own rock 'n' roll band for the last 30 years.
"We used to bring the boys to some of our gigs when they were small, and they'd sleep behind the stage," Wayne Bryan said. Those same band members continue to perform with the younger Bryans, who have apparently rebelled against playing just the old rock standards, according to their dad. "They play [songs by] U2, Dave Matthews, John Mayer. So, they've made the band learn them."
The rebellion certainly was a victory this particular night; the audience thoroughly enjoyed the show. How could you not, when Shriver and former doubles partner Martina Navratilova acted as the band's go-go dancers during its opening number, "Brown-Eyed Girl"?
"I think they missed their calling," noted Clinton Kelly, president of Baltimore Tennis Patrons, the night's top beneficiary. His friend Tom Wilcox, Baltimore Community Foundation president, heartily agreed.
"What a wonderful prelude to tomorrow night," said Sharon Perfetti, director of the Cool Kids Campaign, one of the party's other beneficiaries.