The Professional Americans formed in late May 2002 after the breakup of Purim and Stewlava; two prominent local bands. James Hafner and Jason Poe broke away from Purim while Corbin Petersen and Terry Parker came from Stewlava. The four united in early June and began practicing together. A month later the band performed publicly for the first time at an exclusive showcase for Island Records, and Bounce Entertainment.
The band's tight, intense show helped them build a solid fanbase in the months after. During the time following the showcase many media outlets showed their support for Pro Am including Q102.1 FM and Michael Brothers of the Springfield News-Leader. In January 2003 The News-Leader named The Professional Americans the "Act to Lookout For in 2003."
A few months later in March 2003 Terry Parker left the band to pursue other avenues. Jason, James, and Corbin continued on under the Professional Americans name.
The three began writing together and pushing their sound to places it had not been before. In June 2003 the group headed into the studio with Oran Thornton(Flick, Bleach, Holland) to begin work on their first full-length album entitled "Point. Line. Form."
In May 2004, Pro Am released "Point. Line. Form." to rave reviews across the Midwest. Since May 2004 the band has seen interest from various labels including Capitol, Elektra, Columbia, Dreamworks, Sparrow, and Idol Records. The band has also performed with such acts as Kill Hannah, Fall Out Boy, Allister, Hot Action Cop, Two Thirty-Eight, Flick, Dont Look Down, The Elms, and Elevator Division. Currently the band is preparing to begin touring full-time.
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