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Operation Encore: Soldiers, Stories, and Songs

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Listen to veteran and active-duty members of the armed forces highlight their original music and tell stories of their service, as they work to spread their message and their music, to new fans.Operation Encore is a non-profit veterans organization that provides opportunities for veteran and active duty singer-songwriters and musicians to take their music to the next level through artist development, professional recording, and industry-focused educational services. We seek out talent from across veteran communities to produce and highlight their original music, showcase their talents and advance their careers. Our podcast features powerful stories and original songs from our artists and artists across the veteran community.​

Listen to veteran and active-duty members of the armed forces highlight their original music and tell stories of their service, as they work to spread their message and their music, to new fans.Operation Encore is a non-profit veterans organization that provides opportunities for veteran and active duty singer-songwriters and musicians to take their music to the next level through artist development, professional recording, and industry-focused educational services. We seek out talent from across veteran communities to produce and highlight their original music, showcase their talents and advance their careers. Our podcast features powerful stories and original songs from our artists and artists across the veteran community.​

Location:

United States

Description:

Listen to veteran and active-duty members of the armed forces highlight their original music and tell stories of their service, as they work to spread their message and their music, to new fans.Operation Encore is a non-profit veterans organization that provides opportunities for veteran and active duty singer-songwriters and musicians to take their music to the next level through artist development, professional recording, and industry-focused educational services. We seek out talent from across veteran communities to produce and highlight their original music, showcase their talents and advance their careers. Our podcast features powerful stories and original songs from our artists and artists across the veteran community.​

Language:

English

Contact:

8434374949


Episodes

Episode #21 - Marine Combat Engineer Steve Harwood

6/27/2021
In this episode of the Operation Encore podcast, former Marine Combat Engineer Steve Harwood takes Guy and Adam on a journey of discovery, from a tumultuous youth to the battlefields of Fallujah. Born in Woodenville, WA, Steve tells the story of how his father bought him a 45-day Greyhound bus ticket after high school and how that eventually led him to join the Marines and drive Humvees across Iraq. After dodging incoming fire during his time in Operation Enduring Freedom, he returned to...

Duration:00:39:50

Episode #20 - Army Combat Medic John Evans - A Story of Recovery

5/29/2021
Army Combat Medic John Evans has a lot of stories to tell. Born in Houston, TX and raised in upstate New York, John idolized his WW2-veteran grandfather and decided to enter the Army immediately following 911. After hearing a slightly inaccurate portrayal of the "Health-Care Specialist" field from his local recruiter, John signed up and was trained as a combat-medic, then deployed multiple times in support of operation Iraqi Freedom. During the podcast, he tells Guy and Adam about one of the...

Duration:00:50:26

Episode #19 - Missile Maintainer Angel Santiago - A Journey Back To Music

4/29/2021
Meet Angel "Nolo" Santiago -- the kind of man who sets his mind to a task and overcomes all obstacles to make it happen. A native of Puerto Rico , Angel had music in his life from a young age. He began playing a nylon-string guitar in grade school and steadily increased his skill through high school as he waited on weekly TV shows to pick up tips and tricks from the likes of Eddie Van Halen. One day after college as he was taking garbage out for a local restaurant, he decided he needed to...

Duration:00:39:20

Episode #18 - The Lloyd Smith Project

3/10/2021
Meet Mr. Lloyd Smith -- a doctor, surgeon, chemistry professor, student of California Gold Rush lore, California native, singer/songwriter, and one of the most generous men you'll ever meet. He's also a self-taught luthier who has built over 80 beautiful, custom guitars which he has given away as gifts -- some of which have made their way into the hands of our artists. In partnership with Lloyd, Operation Encore is announcing the Lloyd Smith Project --- an album of Operation Encore artists...

Duration:00:50:08

Episode #17- Army Veteran Tyree Woods - Don't Curse the Darkness, Light a Candle

2/18/2021
You can't have a conversation with Tyree Woods without leaving with a smile on your face. The man with the infectious smile and positive attitude has had his share of trials and tribulations. During this episode of the OE podcast, Tyree describes growing up in Muskegon Heights, MI as a biracial kid, and how foster care helped him forge the resiliency necessary to adapt to a Army life. A veteran of two combat tours in Afghanistan, Tyree describes the bonds formed through combat and why the...

Duration:00:46:55

Episode #16 - OE Artist Brian Boland: Half Redneck, Half Surfer, All American

1/19/2021
Meet Brian Boland - Half Redneck, Half Surfer, and all-American active-duty C-130 pilot. During episode #16 of the OE podcast, Brian tells about his adventures in the Coast Guard, from "Flying back from Gitmo yesterday", to conducting iceberg reconnaissance, surfing while watchin 50 caliber machine guns, and conducting 11-ton cocaine drug busts. In his off time from helping stabilize the geo-political scene off our nation's coasts, Brian has written three military fictional books and...

Duration:00:47:02

Episode #15 - Operation Encore Co-Founder Erik Brine - The Story Behind the Stories

11/24/2020
In this episode of the OE podcast, Guy Jaquier and Adam Rossi interview Operation Encore Co-Founder Erik Brine. Erik describes the history of OE and how it grew from an idea between friends into a successful non-profit that serves over 25 veteran musicians and performs at events throughout the county. An Air Force Reserve pilot Colonel and former , Erik describes why he tells people he's been involved in multiple military affairs (legislative, public, and international) and describes his...

Duration:00:54:34

Episode #14 - Marine Heavy Vehicle Operator Dani Figueroa - Rewind and Valor

10/16/2020
During this episode of Soldiers, Stories, and Songs, Dani Figueroa describes how 9/11 altered her life and led her from pursuing a professional soccer career to becoming a Heavy Vehicle Operator and a veteran of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. A former member of both the Army Reserves and the Marine Corps, Dani describes returning home with significant combat injuries and PTSD and how music sustained her over the following years. Recently united with her new best...

Duration:00:41:38

Episode #13 - Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman Shannon Book - Back from the Brink

7/12/2020
During this episode of Soldiers, Stories, and Songs, Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman and rocker Shannon Book describes his journey from Hazel Green, Ky to the battlefields of Fallujah, the aftermath that left him on the verge of taking his life, and the own personal story of recovery from PTSD. During the session with Guy and Adam, Shannon highlights three songs that he performs unplugged. "American Made", a song about the privileges of American life that some take for granted, "Dear...

Duration:00:55:15

Episode #12 - Special Deployed Edition with OE Co-Founder Rob Raymond and Dylan Westmoreland

6/7/2020
During this special deployed edition of Operation Encore, Co-founder (and active-duty Colonel) Rob Raymond talks with Adam Rossi from an undisclosed location in the Middle East. During the podcast, Rob describes the origins of Operation Encore and how veteran musicians gravitate toward one another, especially during deployments. His current deployment is no different. Rob introduces the audience to Dylan Westmoreland, a Red Dirt country artist who is on the verge of releasing a four-song EP....

Duration:00:39:43

Episode #11 - Air Force Pilot Keith Broecker -- "Two Weeks", Tent Cities and TERA - A Pilot's Story

5/13/2020
Meet Keith Broecker, a former Air Force pilot who used his guitar and quick wit to convince a cadre of instructor pilots he was worth keeping around....leading to an aviation career that spans Learjets, Tankers, Spy planes, and your next United flight (eventually). During the podcast, Keith opens up about how the Air Force culture deals with death, how the "dreaded" assignment to Grand Forks North Dakota was actually pretty awesome and how 17 deployments and hundreds of combat hours led him...

Duration:00:49:14

Episodes #10; Air Battle Manager Theresa Bowman - Uke-Not Stop Us With Covid-19

4/26/2020
During an appropriately social distanced Podcast, former Air Force Air Battle Manager Theresa Bowman describes life as a business owner during the current pandemic and she always tries to build-others up during times of crisis. A prolific Ukulele player and one half of a a dual-service marriage, Theresa describes some of her early adventures as a fan of the (*Cough*) Australian entertainment industry, how she came to fall in love with her magic husband, how she first heard about Operation...

Duration:00:34:56

Episode #9 - Navy Seahawk Helicopter Pilot Jerry Maniscalco

4/4/2020
Meet Jerry Maniscalco -- Annapolis graduate, former SH-60B Helicopter Pilot, University of Michigan business school graduate and Operation Encore singer-songwriter with the Dave Matthews sound. During the podcast, Jerry describes how he received his callsign "Toothless", his escapades in the North Atlantic, Central America and the Middle East. Along the way, he plays acoustic versions of "Riverside", a song that takes him back to Jacksonville, FL, "Wishing Eye", a song about the complexity...

Duration:00:47:06

Episode #8 - Marine Radio Field Operator Zack Sliver - A Scoundrel's tale of Overcoming Adversity

3/21/2020
Former Marine and Dayton native Zack Sliver is one of the most authentic people you'll ever meet. A son of a pastor, his life has been an exercise in mental toughness and service to others as he's grown from "Angry Young and Poor" to "A Place to Call [HIs] Own". Zack leads Guy Jaquier and Adam Rossi through an incredible set of experiences in his young life -- from serving the homeless as a young teenager, to his first assignment in Japan, his first-hand tragic experience losing his best...

Duration:00:56:51

Episode #7 - Special Guest Tom Luce: Four-Tracks, Fame & Family - A Musician's Arc

2/22/2020
In this special episode, Operation Encore advisory board member Tom Luce describes his incredible musical career and how he went from painting houses to touring across the nation in sold-out venues. Tom describes the challenges of his early career, how he felt peace in the silent moments driving across the country, how he moved from the success of one song to a vibrant career, and how through it all, he focused on his love for melodies, lyrics, and arranging music. During the podcast, you'll...

Duration:00:49:17

Episode #6 - Navy Meterologist Logan Vath - From Nebraska to Norfolk, A Songwriters Story

1/31/2020
Former Navy meteorologist and singer-songwriter Logan Vath tells about his experiences in the Navy and life as a singer-songwriter. During the podcast, Logan shares tells about his love for his hometown of Scott's Bluff Nebraska, drinking beer in a field (he never participated), his 159 day journey aboard the USS Nassau (he was robbed of a record), avoiding Bob Dylan (he eventually relented), his brief encounter with law enforcement (a misunderstanding) and the origins of The Fraternization...

Duration:00:46:18

Episode #5: Combat Medic Stephen Covell -- Monumental Impacts...Songs that Stay with You

1/9/2020
A former combat medic who served two tours in Iraq during the "surge", Stephen Covell is a gifted, authentic storyteller with an incredible voice that carries lyrics with vivid imagery that stays with you long after the song ends, begging you to hit "repeat". During episode #5 of the OE podcast, Adam Rossi and Guy Jaquier introduce the audience to Stephen, a hyperactive kid who picked up a guitar at 18 and frustrated his music teachers by learning everything quickly by ear. Stephen tells...

Duration:00:48:39

Episode #4: The Real Doug Lane -- Kingsville, Courage, and Country

12/19/2019
A rising country artist and 3rd-generation veteran out of Provo, Utah, The Real Doug Lane describes the origin of "The Real" part of his name, the trials of growing up under challenging circumstances and the lessons learned from a family of veterans. During the interview, Doug explains the story behind the song "Faces" and the impacts of his grandfather's struggle with Alzheimer's, his struggles with transitioning from the military, and the time he was first considered "The Old Guy". Along...

Duration:00:45:56

Operation Encore #3: Military Spouse Rachel Harvey Hill

11/16/2019
Military spouse and Kentucky native Rachel Harvey Hill sits down with Adam Rossi and Guy Jaquier and discusses life as a military spouse. During the chat, she shares her introduction to military life with her future husband, the impacts and fears of 911, getting through deployments as a spouse and the impacts of military life on her kids. Along the way, she shares advice for other military spouses, sings authentic songs inspired by her experiences and speaks about her many projects,...

Duration:00:42:25

Operation Encore Episode #2 - Army Paratrooper Steve D. Wilson

10/20/2019
Steve D. Wilson is an award-winning singer-songwriter and a veteran of both the Army and the Air Force. The son of a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, he served for 16 years as an Army paratrooper and a B-52 Electronic Warfare instructor. Steve has created a unique style with a driving beat and authentic lyrics developed from his experiences in life and the military. His music is an autobiographical road map of Steve's lifelong drive to play music, but also subtly touches on the way...

Duration:00:40:06