U.S. Army Veteran Tim Walker owns and operates the Veteran Music Company, a company dedicated to building quality guitar and bass amplifiers. After years of experience working with local company Vintage47 and Premier Builder Gilds, Tim noticed a niche market for smaller cost effective amplifiers. Tim says, “people could not afford the three to four thousand dollar larger amplifiers Premier was making”. He realized he could produce smaller cost effective amplifiers that were affordable and showcased guitarists’ pedalboards. Continue reading “Veteran Music Company”
GovX is a company founded in 2011 that sells tickets cheaper than face value to veterans. Headquartered in San Diego, the ecommerce company offers competitive ticket prices for authorized users . Vets can purchase tickets for hundreds of artists at most venues close to home. A user must make an account before having access to the discount prices on tickets and products. I have personally used the service to buy tickets for NHL and MLB tickets. GovX also connects veterans with distributors for tons of other discounts. GovX prides itself in offering discounts on over 700 brands to veterans, law enforcement, and first responders. Check out their website below for more information regarding the great promotions they offer for those that serve!
Jason Mark Everman has lived quite an interesting life. Not many people can say that they have played with two of the most well-known bands in modern rock history. In addition, not many people can say they completed the intensive training and deployed as a Special Forces Operative. Everman is the only person on this planet to achieve all these accomplishments. A veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, Everman saw combat in both theaters. Continue reading “Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Special Forces?”
Thousands of Veterans across the United States use music therapy to help treat unseen wounds from conflicts and deployments in the post 9/11 era. I could never list all of the programs and non-profits that provide support and services. Although, I would like to highlight some that I have come across recently that are making a difference through music in veterans’ lives every day.
Guitars4Vets is a music therapy organization that has been serving veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts since 2007. With over 70 operating chapters in over a dozen states, the organization has taught thousands of veterans how to play guitar for free. The program provides acoustic guitars for veterans to use, and organized group lessons for veterans to learn together. Founders Patrick Nettesheim and Dan Van Buskirk believe learning guitar provides veterans with “self-expression” and “positive human interaction”. The non-profit has provided over 25,000 guitar lessons and gifted over 2,500 guitars to veterans. If you like to learn more information about Guitars4Vets, please feel free to check out their website.
556 Records is a non-profit record studio/ label out of Tenessee started by Noah Trevor. While studying sound production and running a chapter of Guitars4vets, Noah realized the talent within the veteran community. Noah worked with some vets at the local VA that wanted to record a song. After using his personal studio to help the vets out, this particular song eventually became “Breakdown” off of Saliva’s album Love, Lies, and Therapy...thus 556 records were born. Last I talked with Noah, 556 was still acquiring 501c non-profit status…but Noah has made it clear that he is not looking for any financial gain with the label. Noah stated that 556 records are a “stepping stone” for artists to get to bigger labels and bigger albums. 556 records provides vets with the ability to record at free or low cost. Noah likes to reiterate that the studio and label are 100% veteran owned and operated. If you would like to learn more information about 556 Records, please feel free to check out their website. If you have questions for them, Noah is very active on the organizations Facebook page.
Musicorps is a conservatory level rehabilitative program for veterans that have physical injuries that wish to begin or continue playing music after their injury. Started in 2007 by pianist Arthur Bloom, the performing Musicorps Wounded Warrier Band has played for millions since it’s inception. The band has performed “with Roger Waters, Yo-Yo Ma, and Sheryl Crow, at the Kennedy Center, Grand Ole Opry, and Madison Square Garden, and on PBS, The Colbert Report, and NCIS.” Bloom was recognized for the amazing adaptive work of Musicorps by CNN, who named Arthur a Top 10 Hero of 2014. I am currently attempting to reach Arthur for a potential interview to learn more about the future plans of Musicorps.
Three. These are only three of the dozens of organizations doing incredible work for veterans around the country. All these organizations are non-profit organizations that do what they do simply for the cause. I encourage anyone to please think about donating or at least subscribing (following) to these organizations.
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As the Van’s Warped Tour enters its final year, fans are looking back on the tour’s 23 year history. A notable event for veteran music was the success of the active duty band Dash|Ten. In 2016, the band Dash|Ten made their Warped Tour debut. Three active duty Army soldiers participated in the first leg of the summer shows. The band initially gained attention in 2012 as the army struck a deal with the group to become full-time army punk rockers. The band abruptly left halfway through the tour under mysterious circumstances. Lead singer Corrin Campbell told Rara’s Farm, “We’re broken up about it, and hoping it’s something that can be remedied. Kevin has been super supportive of us and let us know that we’re welcome to come back if and when the army works it all out.”
The band’s only album was released ahead of the 2016 warped tour, and the band quickly gained a following on Spotify. Unfortunately, lead singer and bassist Corrin Campbell left the Army in early 2017 and Dash|Ten disbanded. Since, Campbell has recently started a new project PRYM and has become a student at Full Sail University in Orlando, FL. PRYM has has released two EPs in the past year but has yet to perform a live show.