four-part harmony with no musical backing; songwriting, during which Gribbin
uses words suggested by the group to
construct an original song with the event’s
theme as the title; and rockstars, during
which volunteers from the group are transformed to appear as well-known artists
such as Madonna or Angus Young and
perform with Gribbin.
“Singing live with Ciaran and the band,
these volunteers always present some of
the most entertaining and hilarious seg-
ments of our workshops,” White said. “The
consistent feedback we receive from par-
ticipants is that they’ve experienced many
teambuilding programs, such as cooking,
amazing race, trivia and problem-solving
games, but never have they had as much
fun as our workshops.”
Workshops also feature an abridged
version of Gribbin’s keynote tale about
never giving up on a dream and an evening
It’s also worth noting that the original
song produced in the workshop can be re-
corded on-site for use in follow-up events.
“A nice touch for clients is to use the
song as an overlay track for an event
highlights video shown at the final evening
gala,” White said.
At present, a CSR component isn’t available to groups that book workshops in the
U.S., though White says it will hopefully be
available by the end of 2017.
In Australia, the company partners with
charitable organizations, including the
Australian Children’s Music Foundation.
Rock the Stars
The core teambuilding activity facili-
tated by Rock the Stars, which offers
programs in the U.S., Canada and beyond,
is U Rock, which involves participants
forming a rock band, learning how to play
a popular song and competing in a battle of
the bands contest.
“The activity requires no musical back-
ground,” said Stewart Hall, the company’s
president and founder. “Effective teams
put the group’s goals ahead of their own.
They find creative resolutions to dis-
agreements, share responsibilities and
empower one another to take risks in
achieving their objectives. Great bands are
The CSR version of U Rock involves do-
nating the instruments used in the activity
to a school or nonprofit organization in
“We invite the recipients to accept the
donation in person, providing an emotional, feel-good moment at the end of the
activity,” Hall said.
He added that a CSR teambuilding event
is a relatively simple thing any company can do to both benefit a community
organization and give employees a sense
of accomplishment that they helped in a
small way to make the world a better place.
“This leads to more engaged, happy and
loyal employees,” Hall said.
Catalyst Global, with offices on every
continent except Antarctica, works with
groups around the world that want to
strengthen the team and further social
good in the communities where they
meet. The company offers a variety of
teambuilding events, including Beats Work
and Orchestrate, two programs that mix
music and CSR components.
During an uplifting Beats Work event, a
fun lesson in timing among participants,
the group transforms into a big percussion
band as each participant plays their part
They start in small groups, working with
a professional percussionist. After the
smaller teams learn the basics of samba
beats and breaks, and get acquainted with
their instruments, they come together for a
lively finale performance.
Many groups that book a Beats Work
event choose to share the experience in
the community, such as in a local hospital’s children’s ward or at a nearby nursing
An Orchestrate event is similar, but
instead of samba beats, the group comes
together to emulate the teamwork involved
in being a great symphony orchestra.
Attendees play strings, woodwinds, brass
and percussion during a five-minute-long
One add-on CSR idea is to have students
at a local school compete with the group,
and then donate some instruments to the
school after the event.
ROCK AND ROLL TEAM BUILDING
ROCK THE STARS