Russell Pfaff was an original member of the original version of the band, Patents Pending, and has remained a member since the band concept was born in 2001 contributing to the evolution of the group to the current day offering of Helena Handbasket. Russ has been a very visible performer in the Fargo-Moorhead area since moving to town in 2001 to attend school at NDSU. He has performed in various style genres from the local jazz scene as a combo and big band drummer to a diverse wealth of bands to include Beat Down, Doctor Hodgepodge and the B-Side Bastards. He is also involved in the local scene as a sound and light technician and is experimenting with music engineering and mixing. He resides in Barnesville.