Left to right - Lou, Bud, John, Jim, Dave, & Dick
Mission River celebrates it's 10th anniversary 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!
We had a great time performing on November 12, 2015, for the first time at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, for their "Festival of Trees and music." We want to thank the enthusiastic audience and also Dave Braun, our good friend, who sat in for Lou Marino, our regular drummer. With the November 12 gig under our belts, we have come to the end of our playing season and brings to close our 10th anniversary year as a band. Thank you to all of our loyal friends and family for supporting us along with all of the numerous charitable causes that we have supported over the years.
We are taking a short "winter hiatus" and will be back with some great new material for 2016, including some original songs! Watch for details on 2016 gigs coming soon!