In 1990, at a Christmas party for the two classes of the Minneapolis School of Anesthesia (MSA), where I was a student, some friends and I decided to do a couple of tunes. We did a lip-sync of "Melikalikimaka" (Bing Crosby's Hawaiian Christmas song) and we did "Breakin' Up Is Hard to Do", because I knew an a-cappella version of the tune from my college days. After we had sung, one of the seniors came up to me and said, "You know, you should do that song as "Wakin' Up Is Hard to Do". That was all it took. As soon as we had the idea, the song titles started pouring in.
"Breathe" came to us while Mike Polivka and I were studying for an exam and the radio had the tune on in the background. "Scopin' USA", "Little Old Lady", and "C.R.N.A." all quickly followed.
We performed a few of these tunes at a spring 1991 party. When the senior class graduated in June of 1991, they asked us to perform a couple of songs for them. At that graduation ceremony were several officers from the Minnesota Association of Nurse Anesthestists. They asked if we were planning to attend the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) National Conference that summer and asked if we would be interested in performing there. That was our first national performance, in Nashville, 1991. Since that time, we've performed across the United States at various events, including 3 more AANA conventions, Abbott Laboratories National Sales Meeting, and many other, smaller events. In 1994, we recorded our first album, a project that continues to amaze us with its success. In 1995, we sought and obtained sponsorship for our performance for the firstime. In August, 1999, our web site made it's debut. The web site has been a remarkable tool for us in that it has put us in touch with literally thousands of people from all walks of life. It has provided a channel for feedback regarding our music and performances, as well as a forum for sharing song ideas, jokes, etc.
Gary Cozine, CRNA
Last Remaining Original Member