Left to right - Lou, Bud, John, Jim, Dave, & Dick
Mission River is ready to rock for 2015!
It is hard to believe that ten years have gone by since a few neighborhood friends decided to get together and make some music. Very quickly on, once we decided to be an actual band we also made a collective decision not to be just another "bar band." Instead, we were devoted to use our musical talent to help raise money for local and national charities. Over the years, it has been our pleasure to play events to help raise money for organizations such as Make a Wish Foundation, Guitars for Vets, Special Olympics, ABCD (after breast cancer diagnosis), Lumen Christi Catholic School, and Wounded Warriors, among many others. While we cannot say to a certainty how much money we have raised, we estimate that it is in the $500,000 range.
We have received some great publicity along the way. We have been featured on WTMJ's 'Morning Blend' show, in the Ozaukee News-Graphic, the ABA monthly news magazine in the "giving back section" and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
We have performed over 90 shows during our 10 years together and our set list has expanded to over 100 songs from artists as diversified as Ray Charles to Led Zeppelin. We have had a host of guest artists who have sat in with us over the years, including our great horn section, "the Sting Ray Horns." We want to thank all of our friends, fans and family members who have religiously followed us at all of our various gigs durirng the last 10 years. We couldn't have done it without you!
We had a great time at the annual Make a Wish Fun-Run on Saturday August 22, 2015. We were blessed with great weather and a really good turnout. Thank you Marla Rothenberg for helping with vocals today and Dave "the metronome" Braun, on drums, who filled in for Lou Marino who couldn't make it this year. Our next gig is in celebration of our 10th anniversary as a band and in support of Mel's Pig Roast in Cedarburg, WI. Mark your calendars for September 24, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Cedarburg Cultural Center. We are also bringing back a few surprise guests, including our horn section, "the Fabulous Stingray horns."
2015 PEFORMANCE SCHEDULE-
Saturday March 21, 2015 private party - Milwaukee Curling Club. Cedarburg WI
Saturday June 6. 2015 Private Party- Rotary Club of Mequon-Thiensville at Rotary Park,
Wed., June 17, 2015 (6pm-8pm) - Milwaukee Justice Center annual fun run, Veteran's park, Milwaukee, WI
Sat., Aug. 22, 2015 (830am - 11am) - Run for Wishes (Make-a-Wish)- fun-run is at 930am
Summerfest Grounds, Milwaukee
September 24, 2015, 630pm - 10th anniversary MRB party and in support of Mel's Pig Roast, Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI
Thursday November 12, 2015 at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Milwaukee, WI (time TBD) Festival of Trees