Band with Trevecca roots wins big Nashville contest

Phin, a band composed primarily of Trevecca students, played its way to the winner’s trophy in the Music City Mayhem on Saturday, April 19, 2014. In this bracketed competition of 32 bands in which fans voted for their favorite band, Phin won all three rounds of its bracket, and then played against three other bands that had won their respective brackets. In that final round, Phin garnered the most fan votes against these winners of the other three brackets: Cooper and the Jacket, Farewell Flight, and What Up English.

Members of Phin are the following: Cobey Arner, drums; Graham Scott, bass; Preston Hunt, synthesizer and keys; Nick Huddleston, guitar; Cody Garrow, guitar; and Toby Haydel, synthesizer and vocals. Scott, Hunt, Huddleston, Garrow, and Haydel are current Trevecca students.

The band’s name is intended to be a way to honor their connection to the Church of the Nazarene. Haydel, who serves as the front man for Phin, says that the band’s name is a shortened from of the first name of Dr. Phineas F. Bresee, one of the founders of the Church of the Nazarene. Haydel says that naming the band for Bresee is members’ way of paying tribute to the Church of the Nazarene for its role in their lives. (Some members of Phin grew up in Hermitage Church of the Nazarene in Hermitage, Tenn., and all members became acquainted through Trevecca Nazarene University and formed their band there, and some of their parents are Trevecca alumni.)

Playing music with a positive, inspiriting message is Phin’s goal. Haydel explains, “All of us are Christians who hope to create music that will help everyone better understand the truth involving ourselves and the world that surrounds us, as well as to use our talents and strengths to influence people in the most positive way” (qtd. from http://www.causeascene).

Winning the Music City Mayhem means that Phin will perform during the 2014 Live on the Green Concert Series later this year. Presented by Lightning 100, Live on the Green is a free, six-week concert series, presented in the heart of Nashville and focused on local talent and independent music.