Jerry Darby is the Systems and Server Operations Lead supporting the Military Commissions Defense Organization (MCDO) for NetCentrics Corporation. Jerry and his team handle all of the service desk tickets for the roughly 200 MCDO personnel, providing tier II support and managing servers at the application level. While some of the tickets submitted are easily fixed, many of them require both creativity and curiosity to resolve.
While Jerry’s job allows him to exercise his creativity during the day, he pursues another creative outlet on nights and weekends – he’s also the lead guitarist and singer in a classic rock cover band, The Darby Brothers. Jerry was introduced to the world of music by his father, a fan of country western music. He learned to play the drums on his brother’s kit at the age of six, but as a Navy brat, he needed an instrument that was a little more mobile. So once he discovered his father’s old electric guitar when he was about 10 years old, he hasn’t been able to put it down since.
Jerry moved to Virginia his eighth grade year. Being new to the school, Jerry was looking to make some new friends when he spotted another boy, Tommy Silis, in the cafeteria, telling a story to a group of awe-struck girls. “I’ll never forget the first time I saw Tommy,” recalled Jerry. “Whatever he was talking about, I just knew I wanted to be a part of it.” The young boys quickly became friends and started playing music together, along with Jerry’s brother, Jeff, their good friend Jim Erb, and another friend from school, Eric Schlam.
The group continued to play together through the 80s and 90s, writing their own music, and performing at local venues under the name Islander. Their musical talent and creativity ultimately afforded them the opportunity to play a one month tour in Bolivia. Over the course of that tour, Jerry and his band played in front of more than 10,000 fans at each concert, they appeared on a TV show called The Jackie Show, which had a daily viewing of more than 3 million, and came very close to getting a record deal. “God didn’t want me to be a rockstar forever, but he gave me a little taste,” said Jerry about his time in Bolivia.
The ‘five brothers from four different mothers’ continued their life journey together, inspiring and speaking through their music. In 2005, they formed The Darby Brothers, covering classic rock songs from Journey, Zeppelin, Boston, and others, and they continue to perform at local venues and for corporate events.
On September 28, The Darby Brothers will be competing in a battle of the bands style charity event called Law Rocks. Rebranded as The Disclaimers for the event, the band has raised more than $6,000 for a charity they selected called So Others Might Eat (SOME). The winner will be chosen based not just on the judges’ score, but also the donation total, sponsorship total, and audience vote.
Whether he’s solving complex issues for his customers behind a desk, or rockin’ out on stage in front of thousands, Jerry is living out some of NetCentrics’ core values with his creativity, curiosity, ingenuity, and thoughtful care.