American Patriot Series: Madison Rising, Part 1

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This series reports on those individuals or groups who continually give of their time and/or money to support active duty military personnel and veterans.

Madison Rising is an anomaly amongst most rock bands currently playing here in the U.S. For one reason, they advertise themselves as “America’s most patriotic rock band” whose mission is to “reignite authentic American culture through great rock music”.

So why is that?

To answer this question, you only need to look at the song titles on their recent album, American Hero (Red). The album includes the following songs:

1) The Star Spangled Banner
2) Amazing America
3) Hero
4) Marines’ Hymn
5) Reflection (PTSD)
6) God Bless America
7) Soldier’s Christmas  and
8) America The Beautiful

One other song commonly played at their concerts is a montage of theme songs for each branch of our military.

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The songs of Madison Rising reflect the band’s support of God, country, and are truly representative of their dedication to “the men and women of our armed forces, along with the police, firefighters and other first responders whose sacrifice and selfless dedication to the service of this country, at home and abroad, help this great nation to remain the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Madison Rising (MR), was named in honor of U.S. Founding Father, James Madison, the 4th president of the United States and a key author of the Constitution, The Bill of Rights and The Federalist Papers.

Lead singer, Dave Bray, said in an interview with Clash Daily,

We named the band after James Madison because we wanted to bring back the belief system and the mind set from a time when our nation’s Constitution was being written. When real lines were being drawn, and men and women were actually fighting for their freedom. Madison Rising is all about bringing back that patriotism, that pride and how the men and women in this country felt about their freedom and their liberty”.

The creation of MR is due to New York City entrepreneur Richard Mgrdechian who selected band members Dave Bray, Drummer Sam Fishman, Lead Guitarist AJ Larsen, and Bassist Tom DiPietro.

Bray is truly representive of many to whom he performs: he is a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy from 1992-1997. He was an 8404 FMF Corpsman for the 2nd Battalion/2nd Marines stationed out of Camp Jejeune, NC.

Madison Rising has recently partnered up with Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) whose “mission is to advocate for policies that will preserve the freedom and prosperity that we and our families so proudly fought and sacrificed to defend.” CVA members are “veterans from every branch of uniformed services and every conflict from World War II to the Global War on Terror.”

MR has also partnered with Young Marines National Youth Organization. (YMYO). Their mission is to “positively impact America’s future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls that nurtures and develops its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.” Their motto is “Strengthening the lives of America’s youth.”

Madison Rising has launched Madison Rising Shows For Heroes foundation, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. The band is often asked to do shows around the country for various military and veterans groups. In many cases, MR cannot afford to cover the costs associated with travel and production. In order to support these ongoing concert venues, MR asks for tax-deductible contributions to the foundation which will help cover the costs of these shows thereby allowing Madison Rising to continue these free performances for the men and women of our police, firefighters, EMT, and other first responders.

Bottom line: Madison Rising is on a mission to not only make great music, but also send a message that American culture is alive and well here in the USA!

As NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs would say, “Oorah”!

Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]