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 is hard to believe we are in the middle of August already. As such, we are gearing up for the annual Make A Wish Fun/Run on Milwaukee's lake front on Saturday 8/27/16. The music kicks off around 9 a.m. and the race itself at 10 a.m. We are going to have a special guest this year sit in with us so grab your best pair of running shoes and come out to Summerfest for this great event!
We are also planning a special event in September in support of Mel's Pig Roast, the annual fundraiser in Cedarburg, WI. Keep coming to our web site to look for this and other events and all dates will be listed at our calendar page. We look foward to a great 2016 playing season!
ROCK WITH A CAUSE!!!!!!!!!!