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4TROOPS Announce National Tour

Sony Music Entertainment - 09/20/2010

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 25, 4TROOPS embark on their first National U.S. tour in support of their self-titled CD which was released in the spring.

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 like memorial services. 4TROOPS now have a new mission: to sing on behalf of all troops, to honor their sacrifices and to create awareness for their needs - and they are taking it on the road!

The members of 4TROOPS are: Former CPT Meredith Melcher, Former SGT Daniel Jens, SSG (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.

The tour will feature music from their album which consists of well-known patriotic pop and country songs. Songs like "For Freedom," an inspirational patriotic tune written by Matt Moran for his grandfather, a WWII vet, take on a special meaning in the context that they are performed by these four combat heroes. Other songs include a unique version of Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," Lonestar's "I'm Already There," and Rascal Flatts' "Bless The Broken Road."

An important element to the 4TROOPS project is giving back to organizations that support our U.S. soldiers and veterans. On many stops on the group's tour, one dollar from each concert ticket will be donated to the following organizations: The American Legion, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) and the USO. In addition, Sony Music will donate 50 cents from each sale of the 4TROOPS album in the United States to these organizations.

Since being signed to Sony Masterworks 4TROOPS have appeared on many National TV shows including Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, Larry King Live, Huckabee and CBS Early Show. This October they will participate as special celebrity guests on an episode of Don't Forget The Lyrics. They have also performed for fellow soldiers at Military bases around the country and at events including the New York METS and Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day games, the PGA Tour Players Cup and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Their 4TROOPS PBS Concert Special 4TROOPS: Live From The Intrepid is airing now (check local listings). A DVD version of this show complete with bonus content will be available on 9/21.

4TROOPS are also the authors of a brand new book entitled 4TROOPS: THE MISSION IS MUSIC, published September 14 by Newmarket Press. In 144 pages and more than 100 color photos, Meredith, Daniel, Ron and David tell their own stories, from growing up in all corners of the nation, to deciding to enlist, to performing music while serving, and finally coming together as a band. Their book recounts their experiences recording their debut album, taping their concert special onboard the U.S.S. Intrepid, and making new fans while performing across the country. It also features a special section on the history of music in the military. It is available wherever books are sold.

For more information on 4TROOPS please visit www.4TROOPSmusic.com.

If you would like to learn more about how you can support the organizations affiliated with this project, please visit their websites at legion.org, iava.org, fallenheroesfund.org, uso.org.

    TOUR DATES
    ----------
    9/25/2010     Lincoln City, OR - Chinook Winds Tribal Gaming Center
    9/28/2010     Sacramento, CA -  The Crest
    10/2/2010     Fresno, CA  - Tower Theater
    10/3/2010     Campbell, CA -  Heritage Theatre
    10/5/2010     Anaheim, CA  - The Grove
    10/7/2010     San Diego, CA -  Balboa Theatre
    10/9/2010     Mesa, AZ -  Ikeda Theatre
    10/11/2010    Santa Fe, NM -  Lensic PAC
    10/15/2010    Pullman, WA - Beasley PAC
    10/16/2010    Coeur d'Alene - KROC Center
    10/19/2010    Salt Lake City, UT -  Jeanne Wagner Theatre
    10/23/2010    Reading, PA -  Sovereign Ctr
    10/25/2010    Elmsford, NY -  Westchester Broadway Theatre
    10/27/2010    Albany, NY -  The Egg
    10/29/2010    Torrington, CT -  Warner Theatre
    10/30/2010    Greenvale, NY -  Tilles Center
    11/2/2010     Pittsburgh, PA -  Byham Theater
    11/4/2010     Newark, OH -  Midland Theater
    11/5/2010     Cleveland, OH - HOB
    11/7/2010     Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
    11/10/2010    Indianapolis, IN - Murat
    11/11/2010    Joilet, IL - Rialto Theater
    11/12/2010    Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
    11/13/2010    Jefferson, WI - Council for the Performing Arts
    11/14/2010    Effingham, IL - Effingham Performance Ctr
    11/15/2010    St. Louis, MO - Sheldon Concert Hall
    11/17/2010    Belton, TX - Bel County Expo Center Arena
    11/18/2010    Dallas, TX - Lakewood Theatre
    11/19/2010    San Antonio, TX - Empire Theater
    11/20/2010    Houston, TX - Verizon Hall
    11/21/2010    Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theatre
    11/26/2010    Clearwater, FL -Capitol Theater
    11/27/2010    Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
    11/28/2010    Nashville, TN -  Polk Theatre
    11/30/2010    Newberry, SC -  Opera House
    12/3/2010     Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre
    12/4/2010     Norfolk, VA - Norva
    12/5/2010     Roanoke, VA - Roanoke Performing Arts Center
    12/7/2010     Louisville, KY - Palace Theater
    12/10/2010    Wabash, IN - Honeywell Ctr
    12/12/2010    Lincoln, NE - Rococo Theater
    12/14/2010    Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater
    12/15/2010    Wichita, KS - Orpheum Theater
    12/17/2010    Scottsbluff, NE - Midwest Theater
    12/19/2010    Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center


    BOOK SIGNINGS
    -------------
                 Ft. Lewis, WA -AAFES Joint Base Lewis -McChord PX -
    9/11/2010    7:00pm - 8:00pm
    9/29/2010   Sacramento, CA - Borders Books & Music - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
                 San Diego, CA -Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton -
    10/8/2010    11:00am -1:00pm
    10/8/2010   San Diego, CA - Borders Books & Music - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    11/5/2010   Westlake, OH - Borders Books & Music - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    11/9/2010   Indianapolis, IN - Barnes & Noble - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    11/19/2010  San Antonio, TX - Barnes & Noble - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    11/28/2010  Brentwood, TN - Barnes & Noble - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    12/5/2010   Roanoke, VA - Books-A-Million - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    12/12/2010  Lincoln, NE - Barnes & Noble - 3:00pm - 4:00pm


SOURCE Sony Masterworks

SOURCE: Sony Masterworks

4TROOPS Announce National Tour Portion Of Proceeds From CD + Ticket Sales Will Benefit Veteran-Related Organizations

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 25, 4TROOPS embark on their first National U.S. tour in support of their self-titled CD which was released in the spring.  

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 like memorial services.  4TROOPS now have a new mission: to sing on behalf of all troops, to honor their sacrifices and to create awareness for their needs – and they are taking it on the road!

The members of 4TROOPS are: Former CPT Meredith Melcher, Former SGT Daniel Jens, SSG (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.

The tour will feature music from their album which consists of well-known patriotic pop and country songs.  Songs like "For Freedom," an inspirational patriotic tune written by Matt Moran for his grandfather, a WWII vet, take on a special meaning in the context that they are performed by these four combat heroes.  Other songs include a unique version of Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue," Lonestar's "I'm Already There," and Rascal Flatts' "Bless The Broken Road."

An important element to the 4TROOPS project is giving back to organizations that support our U.S. soldiers and veterans. On many stops on the group's tour, one dollar from each concert ticket will be donated to the following organizations: The American Legion, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) and the USO.  In addition, Sony Music will donate 50 cents from each sale of the 4TROOPS album in the United States to these organizations.

Since being signed to Sony Masterworks 4TROOPS have appeared on many National TV shows including Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, Larry King Live, Huckabee and CBS Early Show. This October they will participate as special celebrity guests on an episode of Don't Forget The Lyrics. They have also performed for fellow soldiers at Military bases around the country and at events including the New York METS and Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day games, the PGA Tour Players Cup and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Their 4TROOPS PBS Concert Special 4TROOPS: Live From The Intrepid is airing now (check local listings). A DVD version of this show complete with bonus content will be available on 9/21.

4TROOPS are also the authors of a brand new book entitled 4TROOPS: THE MISSION IS MUSIC, published September 14 by Newmarket Press. In 144 pages and more than 100 color photos, Meredith, Daniel, Ron and David tell their own stories, from growing up in all corners of the nation, to deciding to enlist, to performing music while serving, and finally coming together as a band. Their book recounts their experiences recording their debut album, taping their concert special onboard the U.S.S. Intrepid, and making new fans while performing across the country. It also features a special section on the history of music in the military. It is available wherever books are sold.

For more information on 4TROOPS please visit www.4TROOPSmusic.com.

If you would like to learn more about how you can support the organizations affiliated with this project, please visit their websites at legion.orgiava.org, fallenheroesfund.org, uso.org.

TOUR DATES

9/25/2010

Lincoln City, OR – Chinook Winds Tribal Gaming Center

9/28/2010

Sacramento, CA -  The Crest

10/2/2010

Fresno, CA  - Tower Theater

10/3/2010

Campbell, CA -  Heritage Theatre

10/5/2010

Anaheim, CA  - The Grove

10/7/2010

San Diego, CA -  Balboa Theatre

10/9/2010

Mesa, AZ -  Ikeda Theatre

10/11/2010

Santa Fe, NM -  Lensic PAC

10/15/2010

Pullman, WA - Beasley PAC

10/16/2010

Coeur d'Alene – KROC Center

10/19/2010

Salt Lake City, UT -  Jeanne Wagner Theatre

10/23/2010

Reading, PA -  Sovereign Ctr

10/25/2010

Elmsford, NY -  Westchester Broadway Theatre

10/27/2010

Albany, NY -  The Egg

10/29/2010

Torrington, CT -  Warner Theatre

10/30/2010

Greenvale, NY -  Tilles Center

11/2/2010

Pittsburgh, PA -  Byham Theater

11/4/2010

Newark, OH -  Midland Theater

11/5/2010

Cleveland, OH - HOB

11/7/2010

Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre

11/10/2010

Indianapolis, IN - Murat

11/11/2010

Joilet, IL - Rialto Theater

11/12/2010

Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall

11/13/2010

Jefferson, WI - Council for the Performing Arts

11/14/2010

Effingham, IL - Effingham Performance Ctr

11/15/2010

St. Louis, MO - Sheldon Concert Hall

11/17/2010

Belton, TX - Bel County Expo Center Arena

11/18/2010

Dallas, TX - Lakewood Theatre

11/19/2010

San Antonio, TX - Empire Theater

11/20/2010

Houston, TX - Verizon Hall

11/21/2010

Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theatre

11/26/2010

Clearwater, FL -Capitol Theater

11/27/2010

Atlanta, GA - Center Stage

11/28/2010

Nashville, TN -  Polk Theatre

11/30/2010

Newberry, SC -  Opera House

12/3/2010

Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre

12/4/2010

Norfolk, VA – Norva

12/5/2010

Roanoke, VA - Roanoke Performing Arts Center

12/7/2010

Louisville, KY - Palace Theater

12/10/2010

Wabash, IN - Honeywell Ctr

12/12/2010

Lincoln, NE – Rococo Theater

12/14/2010

Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater

12/15/2010

Wichita, KS – Orpheum Theater

12/17/2010

Scottsbluff, NE – Midwest Theater

12/19/2010

Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center




BOOK SIGNINGS

9/11/2010

Ft. Lewis, WA - AAFES Joint Base Lewis - McChord PX – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

9/29/2010

Sacramento, CA - Borders Books & Music – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

10/8/2010

San Diego, CA - Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton - 11:00am - 1:00pm

10/8/2010

San Diego, CA - Borders Books & Music – 7:00pm – 8:00pm

11/5/2010

Westlake, OH - Borders Books & Music - 12:00pm – 1:00pm

11/9/2010

Indianapolis, IN - Barnes & Noble – 6:00pm – 7:00pm

11/19/2010

San Antonio, TX - Barnes & Noble - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

11/28/2010

Brentwood, TN - Barnes & Noble – 3:00pm – 4:00pm

12/5/2010

Roanoke, VA - Books-A-Million – 3:00pm – 4:00pm

12/12/2010

Lincoln, NE - Barnes & Noble – 3:00pm – 4:00pm




SOURCE Sony Masterworks

CONTACT: Tour Press & CD: Angela Barkan, +1-212-833-8575, angela.barkan@sonymusic.com, or Larissa Slezak, +1-212-833-6075, larissa.slezak@sonymusic.com; or Book: Harry Burton, Newmarket Press, +1-212-832-3575 x16, hburton@newmarketpress.com

Web Site: http://www.4troopsmusic.com