Left to right - Lou, Bud, John, Jim, Dave, & Dick
Mission River enters our 11th year as a band.
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. We estimate that we have helped raised $500,000 for charitable causes during the last 10 years.
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 100 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 followed us at all of our various gigs durirng the last 10 years. We couldn't have done it without you!
It looked pretty bleak with the forecast predicting rain the entire day, but while it rained early in the morning and was overcast, the annual Walk for Wishes occurred and it did not rain through the event. Over 2,000 walkers/runners came to the event to help raise money for the Make a Wish organization, whose sole purpose is to grant the wishes of children who are chronically or terminally ill. This is our 5th year playing the event. Next year is the 30th anniversary of the Walk for Wishes in Milwaukee. We also want to give a shout out to our guest, Jacob Sweet, who very well may be one of the best damn saxophone players in the City of Milwaukee. It added a new dimension to our music. Thank you to everyone who particiapted in the event for making it a success!
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ROCK WITH A CAUSE!!!!!!!!!!