Umbrella Christmas Party Recap and our Rock Band Competition!

The Umbrella Christmas party was on December 19th at our 3rd Floor Conference Room. The entire team was there, including Doreen via webcast!

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We exchanged gifts and enjoyed a nice holiday meal from Grandma’s Catering. Turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls… yum.

Out of nowhere, we started to hear a saxophone being played. (For those of you that don’t know, Tom Snow plays a mean saxophone.) He came blasting into the room playing “Careless Whisper”. What a cool surprise! It was a great beginning to the musical evening we had planned.

We started to prepare for a company-wide Rock Band Competition. Words really don’t do it justice, so we had to share a video on YouTube to give you a feel for the fun we were having. If you take the time to watch, we hope it makes you smile… we were having a blast!

Another surprise was Trent transforming into an 80’s hair band front man, tattoos and all! He stayed in character for over an hour. Hilarious.

In the end, Team Gotham won the final round of the Rock Band competition, and was awarded an encore. They got to pick whatever song they wanted to play for the finale. And they chose “Roxanne” by the Police. I’m sure you can imagine that I get tired of references to that song whenever my name is mentioned… especially when so many people comment about it when meeting me for the first time. I was excited to hear their version! As they played, the room went crazy. Everyone was singing their hearts out. I’ve heard many renditions of this song but this was my favorite.


My last blog was about Christmas Traditions, which made me reflect on my personal traditions as well as those we celebrate at Umbrella. This was a great party, for sure. At the same time, it was a family gathering, a family of friends (the best kind.) As everyone opened their gifts, they were happy and thankful for the thoughtful presents they had received from their Secret Santas.

I watched everyone gathering to eat, and chat. Laughter could be heard throughout the room. Pride and love flooded through me as my Mother Hen mode kicked in. I work with some pretty awesome people. As the holiday season dictates, we should find things that make us happy, create new traditions and recognize the things we’re thankful for.  I’m thankful for a great job and our team.

As the winter months are upon us, ice and snow are a real threat. These conditions don’t prevent our staff from working. While we may not all venture into the office, we have the technology that enables us to work from home. No matter the weather, we’re still here when you need us.

Happy New Year from all of us at Umbrella!


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