Come to the Balboa Theatre for a night you will never forget as four powerful American voices come together for one important cause ~ to support active military members and American veterans and honor their sacrifices through song. 4TROOPS is coming for one night only ~ Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 7:30PM, at the historic Balboa Theatre.
4TROOPS are United States combat veterans – three young men and one woman who served on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. While overseas, music played a crucial and very personal role in all of their lives. They would sing at everything from large military events to more intimate settings, where they would jam in their bunk after a long day in the field and try to recall a slice of home. They also used their voices at somber occasions like memorial services, where they would sing to remember those that had been lost. 4TROOPS now come together for a singular purpose: to sing on behalf of all troops, to honor their sacrifices and to create awareness for their needs.
The members of 4TROOPS are: Former Cpt. Meredith Melcher, Former Sgt. Daniel Jens, Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Ron Henry and Former Sgt. David Clemo. Melcher, 29, is the daughter of a retired three-star General. She served as a platoon leader on the front lines in Iraq where she led her troops in the successful ambulance evacuations of hundreds of wounded Americans and Iraqis. Jens, 36, served in Iraq and was most recently stationed at Fort Hood. He joined the Army after the events of 9/11. Jens was one of the finalists on “America’s Got Talent.” He was released from the Army at the end of January. Henry, 41, served in the Army for 20 years. He was a transport manager in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division, and also the leader of an Army singing group “Transportation Express.” Clemo, 30, served on the front lines in Afghanistan providing communications and logistics support for the 18th Airborne Corps. He and Melcher toured together in 2004 with the Army Soldier Show.
Sony MASTERWORKS recently released 4TROOPS first album, by the same name. The album rose to No. 2 on Amazon’s sale list, with a portion of the proceeds from the sales benefiting veteran-related organizations. Sony chose to release the album during Armed Forces Week (May 8-May 15) which honors Americans serving in all five services – Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Their concert special “4TROOPS: Live From The Intrepid” in NYC aired on participating PBS stations earlier this summer and will repeat locally on KPBS on Saturday, September 11 at Noon; Sunday, September 12 at 11PM and Friday, September 17 at 1:30PM. TIVO Alert ~ Set Your DVRs!
An important element to the 4TROOPS project is giving back to organizations that support our U.S. soldiers and veterans. $1.00 from EVERY ticket sold for this event will be donated, in full, to the following organizations: USO, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) and The American Legion.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.sdcivic.org/eventstickets/eventdetails.cfm?eventID=2215, at the San Diego Civic Theatre box office or by calling 570-1100 (619/760/858 area codes). For more information, visit: www.SDBalboa.org
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