Indian River High Concert Band in good company with former Bad Company bassist

Former Bad Company bassist Paul Cullen joined the Indian River High School Concert Band for two songs at the band’s May 14 concert. (Submitted photo)

DAGSBORO — The Indian River High School Concert Band was certainly in good company at its concert Tuesday night.

Thanks to family ties, former Bad Company bass guitarist Paul Cullen joined the IRHS Concert Band May 14 in performing two songs: Bad Company’s “Bad Company” and Cullen’s original song “Matthew.”

Mr. Cullen’s original composition “Matthew” is a tribute to the late Matt Haley, local restaurateur and recipient of the James Beard Humanitarian Award.

A relative connection helped bring Mr. Cullen to the concert at IRHS in Dagsboro.

“Paul’s cousin is one of our very active band boosters, and her son is a senior in the band,” said Indian River Band Booster president Lisa Bird. “Paul did a one-night fundraiser for us two years ago, and he and our band director Nate (Nathan Mohler) started cooking up the idea of him playing with the band. Finally pulled it off this year! So fun!”

Mr. Cullen has been a professional musician for more than 30 years, most notably as the bassist with Bad Company in the early 1990s.

More recently he put down his bass and focused on his passion for nylon string jazz guitar and has released five solo CDs since 2006. He is also a Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET)-certified sommelier who learned to cook from his Italian Grandma Tagliaferro and his mom Nancy.

Mr. Cullen has also been to Italy to cook with native chefs, walk the vineyards with winemakers and play with local musicians.

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