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The Six Foot Poles

The Six Foot Poles
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

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Songs:   The Way
                Secret Agent Man
                Going Out Tonight
                Death Kitten


The Six Foot Poles are a five-piece band that plays vintage classic rock and roll with a Motown twist.  The musical knowledge and experience of the Poles spans five decades and has accumulated over 100 years of combined experience playing in various local bands.  The Six Foot Poles have played together for over 15 years and includes three brothers, Dave, Mark and Mat Brzezinski (all over six feet tall), and their “brother from another mother,” Theo Smith, and the "five foot pole", Joelene Piatt Brzezinski.  Mat handles the drum kit as Dave, Mark and Theo all trade off on guitar and bass duties.  Theo can also add various keyboards to the mix whenever the song calls for it.  All of the members of the band sing, the majority being the harmonies of Mark and Theo with Joelene as a featured vocalist.  The Poles enthusiasm for classic and eclectic rock songs reflect their various influences, including the Beatles, the Stones, the Smithereens, Smokey Robinson, the Doors, Kinks, Moody Blues as well as obscure one-hit wonders from the 1960's and 1970's.  When the band calls on Joelene, they expand their range to include Jefferson Airplane, Melissa Etheridge and beyond.

So where did the Six Foot Poles come from?

I'm glad you asked.

All of us have had various musical experiences before drifting together as the Six Foot Poles.

Dave is a veteran of the Sixties, where he started out as a "roadie" for many local bands in the Detroit Western suburbs, probably because he drove an old 1961 Ford Econoline van.  After a series of small bands, he drifted off into college and married life until he was drafted by his younger brothers, Martin and Mat, to play guitar in their Six band and Ivan Pavlov's Salivation Army.

Mark got his start early in the Fred Jam Band, which led to a string of bands and hanging out with some of the great local musicians.  He even had a short stint on the staff of one of Fred Smith's early solo bands.  Mark's interest in theater led him to parts in musicals and ultimately meeting his future wife, Joelene.

Mat was the drums in the Six band and Ivan Pavlov's Salivation Army.  Ultimately, he hooked up with local legend Jim "Largebeat" Gertz in Ann Arbor and has performed in most of the many incarnations of the Largebeat bands right up to the present.

Theo has played extensively in the Detroit area in various bands, starting on bass guitar, but expanding out to add keyboards and guitar to his many talents.

Joelene grew up in the theatre singing and doing ventriloquism, but was also influenced by her older brother's many rock bands.

Although Mat, Mark and David were brothers, they have only infrequently played all together until the Six Foot Poles were formed.  Mark then knew Theo through his day job and adding Theo and Joelene greatly expanded the musical scope of the band.  The Six Foot Poles have performed primarily around the Ann Arbor area in recent years.


David Brzezinski (Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals)

Mark Brzezinski (Vocals, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar)

Mathew Brzezinski (Drums, Vocals)

Theo Smith (Keyboards, Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals)

Joelene Piatt Brzezinski (Vocals, Percussion)

What do we sound like?  Well, we have a few tasty original tunes that you can download from our MySpace.

There are some videos of us performing:

    Death Kitten Video

    Banfield's 2015

The Six Foot Poles

Press Reviews

Romulus Music in the Park
The Journal Newspapers

Michigan Avenue Cruise
The Journal Newspapers

Michigan Avenue Cruise
The Journal Newspapers

Michigan Avenue Cruise
The Journal Newspapers

Charity Car Show
The Journal Newspapers

Basic Requirements

The Six Foot Poles have all of the equipment necessary to play any venue, as long as there is a flat, well-lighted  level surface to play on and sufficient electrical power is available.  We have our own 400 watt PA system, including all microphones, monitors and speakers.  We have our own professional amplification for all of our instruments.    We can provide our own power extensions and power strips, but will require convenient standard three-prong plug access to grounded 110-120v AC power, preferably on two separate 20 amp fuses.

We are a five member band with a full drum kit, instrument amplifiers and keyboards.  We also all sing and need space for microphone stands.  Although we can crowd into a smaller performance area, we prefer to have a roomy (10 foot by 14 foot) performance stage, with a riser for the drum kit.  Our drummer has his own 5 foot by 7 foot riser available for his drum kit if a suitable riser is not available.

If a PA system is being provided by the venue, microphones and monitor speakers will be needed for all five members (including the drummer).  Microphone stands should include booms or goose-neck extensions to allow the members to play their instruments while singing.

If instrument amplifiers are to be provided by the venue, separate professional Fender-style guitar amplifiers will be needed for four guitars (two electric and two acoustic).  In addition, a bass guitar amplifier and a suitable amplifier for the electronic keyboards will be needed.

The Six Foot Poles can provide their own stage lighting, if necessary.

Feel free to contact us for more specifics about our technical capabilities and requirements.

Set List

We can rock your world all night long.  We play mostly classic rock covers from the 60's, 70's and 80's, but we have a few tasty original tunes that reflect our influences.

We typically play about 12 songs in a set, which lasts for about 45 minutes.  We are normally prepared to play one to four sets, but we can play longer if necessary.

Current Song List: (We're always adding more!)
19th Nervous Breakdown - Rolling Stones
455 Rocket - Kathy Mattea
Afterglow - Small Faces
All Day and All of the Night - Kinks
All My Loving - Beatles
All Your Love - Otis Rush
Alone - Heart
American Idiot - Green Day
And I Love Her - Beatles
Another Saturday Night - Sam Cooke
Another Summer - Six Foot Poles Original
Baby It's You - Smith
Back in the USSR - Beatles
Bad Little Boy - Beatles
Bad Moon Rising - CCR
Bang A Gong - T-Rex
Be My Girl - Six Foot Poles Original
Behind the Wall of Sleep - Smithereens
Birthday - Beatles
Black Magic Woman - Fleetwood Mac/Santana
Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstandt
Boris the Spider - Who
Born Under A Bad Sign - Howlin'Wolf/Cream
Break Up Song - Greg Kihn Band
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Burning For You - Blue Oyster Cult
Bus Stop - Hollies
Cha Cha Twist - Detroit Cobras
Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin
Come to My Window - Melissa Etheridge
Crazy Love - Poco
Cry For Love - Iggy Pop
Cry Just A Little - Nils Lofgren
Death Kitten - Six Foot Poles Original
Do You Believe In Magic - Lovin' Spoonful
Do You Love Me - Contours
Doggone - Marvin Gaye
Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying - Gerry & The Pacemakers
Draggin' The Line - Shondells
Drive My Car - Beatles
Eggplant That Ate Chicago, The - Norman Greenbaum
Eight Days a Week - Beatles
Everybody Knows - Leonard Cohen
Five O'Clock World - Vogues
For What Its Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Friday on My Mind - Easybeats
Get Together - Youngbloods
Gloria - Them/Van Morrison
Going Out Tonight - Six Foot Poles Original
Gold Dust Woman - Fleetwood Mac
Happy Jack - Who
Have Love Will Travel - Sonics
Hazy Shade of Winter - Simon & Garfunkle
Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
House of the Rising Sun - Animals
I Can Only Give You Everything - Them/Van Morrison
I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
I'm A Believer - Monkees
I'm Down - Beatles
I'm the Only One - Melissa Etheridge
I'm Waiting For My Man - Velvet Underground
If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot
It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr
Itchycoo Park - Small Faces
Just What I Needed - Cars
Keep Your Hands to Yourself - Georgia Satellites
Letter, The - Box Tops
Liar Liar - Castaways
Little Girl - Syndicate of Sound
Little GTO - Daytonas
Little Red Riding Hood - Pharoahs
Live For Today - Grass Roots
Long Train Running - Doobie Brothers
Losing My Religion - REM
Love Her Madly - Doors
Love Hurts - Everly Brothers
Love Potion Number Nine - Coasters
Love Stinks - J. Geils Band
Lucky Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Making Thunderbirds - Bob Seger
Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin/Kris Kristofrosen
Mercury Blues - Steve Miller
Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett
Mr. Tambourine Man - Dylan
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
My Little Red Book - Burt Bacharach
Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues
No More Cloudy Days - Eagles
One - Three Dog Night
One After Nine-O-Nine - Beatles
One I Love, The - REM
Overkill - Men At Work
Paint It Black - Rolling Stones
People Are Strange - Doors
Perfectly Good Guitar - John Hiatt
Piece of My Heart - Janis Joplin
Pretty Woman - Roy Orbinson
Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughn
Refugee - Tom Petty
Roadrunner - Diddley
Ruby Tuesday - Rolling Stones
Runaway - Del Shannon
Running Down a Dream - Tom Petty
Science Fiction - Rocky Horror
Secret Agent Man - Johnny Rivers
Shapes of Things - Yardbirds
Signs - Five Man Electrical Band
Sister Anne - Motor City Five
Slow Down - Beatles
Somebody To Love - Jefferson Airplane
Spooky - Classics IV
Story In Your Eyes - Kinks
Sunny Afternoon - Kinks
Ticket To Ride - Beatles
Til The End Of The Day - Kinks
Time Won't Let Me - Outsiders
Tracks of My Tears - Smoky Robinson
Tuesday Afternoon - Moody Blues
Unsigned Letter - Gordon Kennedy
Ventura Highway - America
Venus - Shocking Blue
Way, The - Fastball
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place - Animals
The Weight - The Band
Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
What I Like About You - Romantics
When I Was Young - Animals
White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
White Room - Cream
Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
Wild Night - Van Morrison
Witchy Woman - Eagles
With A Little Help From My Friends - Beatles
Woodstock - Mathew's Southern Comfort
You Are Home - Six Foot Poles Original
You Can't Do That - Beatles
You Really Got A Hold On Me - Smoky Robinson
You Were On My Mind - We Five
You're Gonna Lose That Girl - Beatles

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