The Young Marines forms partnership with Madison Rising, America’s most patriotic rock band
The Young Marines, a national youth organization, announces a new partnership with Madison Rising, America’s most patriotic rock band. The partnership will kick off as Madison Rising embarks on the Concerned Veterans for America’s (CVA) 23-city Defend Freedom tour, beginning Friday, April 17, in New York City on Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel.
Since the release of Madison Rising’s first album in 2011, the band has
worked to create an entirely new genre of music – patriotic rock which combines
a classic rock sound with inspirational tributes to men and women in uniform.
The Young Marines program also focuses on patriotism by the youth members’
respect and dedication to all veterans. In addition, it teaches the values of
leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its youth members can live and
promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Both the Young Marines and Madison Rising will spread the word about honoring
and supporting veterans across America. The Young Marines will have a visible
presence at Madison Rising shows. Young Marines’ local units will provide color
guard and/or lead the Pledge of Allegiance at concerts, assist veterans in need
at the shows, and assist the band with merchandise sales and other concert
“This is such a win-win partnership” said Gary Weisbaum, chief marketing
officer of the Young Marines. “The Young Marines will have banners, program
materials, and most importantly, Young Marines at each Madison Rising event. In
addition, the Young Marines and the band will have an active/interactive social
media program where Madison Rising activities will be a part of the Young
Marines website and on social media and vice versa. We are very excited about
The lead singer of Madison Rising is Dave Bray who puts his heart and soul
into every performance. A dedicated leader and patriot, Bray was a Recruit Chief
Petty Officer in basic training, a Master at Arms in A-school, and was awarded
the honor of Top Dog in Field Medical Service School. He served in the U.S. Navy
as an 8404 Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Corpsman for the 2nd Battalion / 2nd Marines
stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
“A few weeks ago, I accompanied 11 Young Marines, their leaders and WWII
veterans on a trip to Iwo Jima for the ‘Reunion of Honor’,” Bray said. “I felt
as though I looked through a looking glass to our nation’s history. I was
honored to be there. To see that black sand, some of the bloodiest sand in the
world, was very touching. The veterans who made the trip survived their piece of
hell 70 years ago. I’m sure tears were shed. It must have been fulfilling as
well as heartbreaking for them.”
Madison Rising’s new album – “American Hero” – is dedicated to the men and
women of the armed forces, along with police, firefighters and other first
responders whose sacrifice and selfless dedication to the service of America, at
home and abroad, help this great nation to remain the land of the free and the
home of the brave.
The other members of the band are drummer Sam Fishman, lead guitarist AJ
Larsen and bassist Tom DiPietro.
"For me, Madison Rising is truly a call back to service,” Bray said, “and on the Iwo Jima trip I found the Young Marines to be great young people – humble and very engaged. They were helping veterans whenever they could.”
“I have followed Madison Rising since I first heard them,” said Mike Kessler, national executive director and CEO of the Young Marines. “I met Dave Bray in 2012, and I like what they stand for and feel strongly that the youth in this country can benefit from their genre. I am looking forward to working with them and watching as we make a positive impact in promoting patriotism among our communities."
In addition, the Young Marines will have a presence on CVA’s Defend Freedom
tour as well. Each stop features free, family-friendly events and an all-star
panel of speakers and musical performers with inspirational stories and a
message of freedom.
Patriots on the tour include Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for
America; Sean Parnell, decorated Army Ranger and New York Times bestselling
author of “Outlaw Platoon;” Karen Vaughn, SEAL Team Six Gold Star Mother;
Madison Rising, America’s most patriotic rock band; rising country music star
Ayla Brown; and many more. Select events will feature special guest Colonel
Oliver North as well as other notables.
“We are proud to have the Madison Rising name associated with our
organization,” Kessler said. “Dave and his wife Becky will be our guests at our
annual Adult Leaders Conference in Las Vegas in May.
About the Young Marines
The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c(3) youth education and
service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high
school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of
Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 300 units with 11,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries.
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About Concerned Veterans for America
Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) is a national veterans and military families’ organization that advocates for policies that promote the freedom and prosperity that veterans and their families so proudly fought for and sacrificed to defend. To see a list of tour stops, go to http://defendfreedomtour.com/.
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