Winner of the Excellence in the 33rd Award for the City of Signal Hill from Senator Ricardo Lara Aug 2018.
By HARRY SALTZGAVER
February 20, 2020
By HARRY SALTZGAVER
September 30, 2019
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Captain from British Forces Visits Rock For Vets in Long Beach
On Monday the 11 of July, British Captain David Wiseman visited Rock For Vets and others around the country on his month long visit to the US to see best practices for Veterans groups.
In 2009, while Captain David Wiseman was serving with the British Forces in Afghanistan, he was shot in the chest by the Taliban and narrowly escaped death. Since his medical discharge from the British Forces in 2013, he has attempted to summit Mt. Everest, written a book and works for Prince Harry to organize the summer 2014 Invictus Games as well as competed in the 2014 Games in London and the May 2016 Games in Florida, where he was invited to captain the U.K. team. Captain Wiseman has dedicated his life to Veteran empowerment, and currently works for Prince Harry and the Royal Foundation on facilitating Veterans' transition from the military into civilian life in programs including the Endeavour Fund, which supports the ambitions of wounded Veterans to use sport in their path to recovery.
It was an honor to have David meet the Veterans in the Rock For Vets Music Program. A second special guest also delighted the members of Rock For Vets, a F4 Phantom fighter pilot 'Uncle Bob'.
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*Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Sunday, March 30, 2014 11a-3pm
California High School, Whittier, Ca
*CFC Long Beach Va Oct 25, 2013
*American Legion Auxillary Hilton Anaheim Oct 19, 2013
*CFC Laguna Niguel Oct 8, 2013
*Long Beach Yacht Club Private Event Sept 14, 2013
*California Bowlers Association & Usbc Annual
Convention June 8, 2013 Double Tree By Hilton Ontario, Ca
*West La Va - Veterans Affairs Police Awareness Day
Performance May 22, 2013
*Long Beach Va - Veterans Affairs Police Awareness Day Performance May 8, 2013
*Hud-Vash Long Beach Annual Picnic Stearns Champion Park 27 July 2012 (Noon - 2pm)
*Disabled American Veterans Ca National Commander's Award
Winner 'Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist Winner'
Director Frank Mcilquham San Diego 2012
*The Crossing Church With Special Guest Mari Y. 2115 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa 92627 May 18, 2012
*2012 Race On The Base 2/25/12, Los Alamitos, Ca
*Combined Federal Campaign Awards Ceremony Skirball
Culturural Center, Los Angeles, February 16, 2012, 11am-2pm
*Combined Federal Campaign Expo Federal Bldg, Los Angeles
December 1, 2011, 11am-2pm
*Long Beach Veterans Day / Welcome Home November 11,
2011, 11am-2pm Va Long Beach And Jftb Los Alamitos
*Long Beach Veterans Day Fundraiser Concert November 11, 2011
*In The Loft 8.30pm-9.30pm 2115 Newport Blvd. Costa Mesa,
*Long Beach Veterans Day Parade November 5, 2011 Corner
Atlantic Ave & Harding St Long Beach 90805 (Vehicle Performance Provided
By) Military Vehicle Owners Of OC And Jerry Berry
*Long Beach VA Project Achieve Ronnie Ciago And Doug Lunn October 19, 2011
* Long Beach Marathon October 9, 2011 Supported By Lew Kerns And 11th Floor
*LA County Fair, September 11, 2011 2pm-5pm, Lagoon Stage,
Weekend For Heroes, Supported By Blue Steel
*American Heroes 10K Family Day, Los Angeles County
Sheriff's Department, Police Academy - Sept. 10, 2011
*Va Long Beach, Employee Appreciation Day, August 11, 2011
*July 30, 2011, SEARS, 2200 N Bellflower Blvd,Long Beach 90815,
(In Store - Fundraiser)
*July 2, 2011, CUSBC Convention, (Private Event For Our Sponsor)
*June 10-12, 2011, Ontario Radisson Hotel
*May 12, 2011 - VALB Police Day
*May 1, 2011 - VALB Carnival
*April 22, 2011 - VALB Earthday Performance
*April 19, 2011 - VA Volunteer Svcs Awards Ceremony At Frisco's Long Beach
*April 16, 2011 - VA Marine Muster
* Feb. 14 2011 - VA Valentine's Day Show
* Feb. 9, 2011 - VA Talent Show
*Rock For Vets - Christmas Show
*Rock For Vets - Christmas Carols Throghout VALB
*Rock For Vets - Veteran's Day Parade/Welcome Home JFTB
*Rock For Vets - Long Beach Veterans Day Parade
* The All Star (With Frank And Jerry) - Marine Muster
*Independence Day, July 4, 2010, Huntington Beach Parade Participated
*DJ For VALB Carnival
It was a great show and thanks to all who attended and all our volunteers and to all the performers. The line up was fantastic: Opened with Opal Jones (thank you) ...Erma Varnado, singing the anthem (beautiful job) Blue Steel (great job as always) back to Erma Varnado and her band (great talented musicians)
then....the house band was made up of: Bob Luna The Rock Club - Rock for Vets Music Director / Keys - formerly Dionne Warwick's music director. Ronnie Ciago – drummer Micheal Sims – guitar Jeff Raigoza – bass George Pandis - horns
Dan Heffernan – horns Ken Tussing – horns (If you are curious who the back up band members are please google
their names, yes all pro musicians)
The house band performed with: Jessica Garcia - Frisco's carhop and dancers (great job) Comedian - Charles Sanchezz (funny funny man) Manny Lagod (from Don Ho, a true professional) David Elliott (son of Dionne Warwick- wonderful performance)
Then the house rocked with: El Chicano - lead by Jerry Salas (great talent), including Sal Rodriguez of War, Ray Carrion, John Avila of Oingo Boingo, Eddie Avila, Don Tai, and Joey Navarro. Excellent.
The finale act was: Danny Seraphine (original founding member of Chicago) and CTA who rocked the house again with Ed Roth - Keys (Sophie B Hawkins, Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats), Mark Bonila - guitar (Glen Hughes/Keith Emerson), Mick Mahan (from Pat Benatar's band). Also Jerry Salas, John Avila and Sal Rodriguez assisted on a few tunes.