No stage can contain the energy of 12 Cents for Marvin, and audiences would have it no other way. Formed in 1996 while they were students at Colorado State University, the band has grown as individuals and musicians over the past almost 20 years of playing together. Ska/reggae/rock is a quick but incomplete way to describe the 12 Cents sound, which showcases a full horn section and infections rhythms. The band named itself after meeting Marvin, a colorful character panhandling on the street who followed a mathematical formula requiring him to receive 12 cents from each person he met.
Since their formation, 12 Cents has been voted best band in the region multiple years in a row, and won first place in Scene Magazine's Battle of the Bands. 12 Cents' songs can regularly be heard on the radio along the Colorado Front Range, on both independent and mainstream radio stations.
While on stage, energetic antics rule, though this never overshadows the bands' artistry and dedication. The band includes Tom Werge on vocals and trumpet, Hilary Freeman on bass, Nik Levinsky on guitar, Soren Daugaard on drums, Greta Cornett on trumpet, John Giordanengo on trombone, Phuong Nguyen on saxophone, and Sean Jaster on keys. The sum is greater than the parts, and this synergistic effect adds a distinct edge to the 12 Cents for Marvin sound.
In addition to stimulating audiences with its performances, 12 Cents for Marvin has produced numerous albums including "Yellow Raincoat" (1998), "King of the Ringa" (2000), "The EP" (2002), "Change" (2005), and "The B-Load" (2007). These albums have spawned such favorite tracks as "King of the Ring (The WWF Song)," "Social Suicide," "One By One" and "Yellow Raincoat." In addition, 12 Cents can be found on such compilations as "Still Standing" (2003, Megalith Records) and "Fort Collins Rocks, Vol. 3" (2005, Hapi-Skratch Records).
12 Cents for Marvin has gone on tour a number of times, and has had the opportunity to play with acts including the Skatalites, the English Beat, Michael Rose (of Black Uhuru), Stroke 9, Less Than Jake, The Toasters, War, Guster, the Sugar Hill Gang, MU330, Mustard Plug, the Specials, the Slackers, and Fishbone.