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. 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 at our party on Thursday evening, September 24, 2015 in celebration of our 10th anniversary as a band and in support of Mel's Pig Roast in Cedarburg, WI. Thank you to all of our friends, family and devoted fans who came to hear us play "in concert." We also want to thank Will Phalen for sitting in with us, the Ozaukee News-Graphic for the great feature article about the band on 9/22/15, Wade's Guitar Shop for donating a guitar to help raise money for Mel's pig roast and finally, Clear Channel Radio for running some public interest ads in behalf of Mel's Pig Roast.
Our next gig is on November 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, 1584 North Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 414 276 5760, where we will be performing for the Festival of Trees and music. More information about the event and where you can purchase tickets in advance can be obtained at www.wcmusic.org
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 7:30 pm, Festival of Trees and Music