"I will endeavor to retain the spirit of youth"
~Sigma Chi Creed, George Ade ΔΔ 1887

Super Gig at the Super Bowl

For John Emhardt ΔΔ ’77 playing in front of thousands of Super Bowl XLVI fans was more than he could ever have imagined. John’s band DUDE! was invited to play the evening of January 29 on the Pepsi stage in the Super Bowl village. The group put together sixty minutes of their best stuff and rocked the house. John commented, "Up on the big screen in the village, professional lighting, and the band was really tight. It was so cool."

John Emhardt Delta Delta ’77

Very Cool Indeed

For a guy who is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Riley Children’s Hospital by day and a budding rock star at the age of 56 by night, this is very cool indeed. John notes that he played guitar in college, although his pledge brother Joel Draper was much better, he could still get coeds to listen. But it wasn’t until a few years ago that he was in his first band which was made up of fellow doctors that played for an occasional party. Two years ago the band got a little more serious and brought in some more experienced musicians which has led to the group getting more recognition and playing regularly at local Indianapolis events and the bar scene.

A Surprise Engagement

At one of DUDE!’s performances John’s daughter’s boyfriend (a Sig from DePauw) came up on stage and sang to her before getting down on one knee and proposing. John also mentioned that his wife, Joanie, his two Sigma Chi sons, and his daughter have made every show so far.

Dude! performing in the Super Bowl Village, January 29, 2012.

A Cool Hobby

John says it’s a cool hobby that he really enjoys but he won’t be giving up his day job any time soon. He needs it to support this band thing especially when his bar tab for his family and guests one evening was $100 more than the whole band was paid for the night.

We hope that wherever this gig takes John that he continues to have fun and be an inspiration to all his "young-at-heart" Sigma Chi fans. Rock on Emmy!

Super Bowl Footage

For more on DUDE!’s Super Bowl experience go to http://www.facebook.com/Dudeindy.