Band Together for Veterans May 15th

Band Together for Veterans’ mission is to organize live music events and concert fundraisers, in partnership with the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation.  We support nonprofit groups that provide assistance that address the prevention of veteran suicide, homelessness, and treatment of PTSD for local veterans and their families.

The Bands

  • Bruce Foster  – Intro
  • Smokey Grey 
  • Ken Schechter on drums – US Army 
  • John Burwasser on bass – US Army 
  • Incinerators
  • John Fernandez on guitar and vocals – US Navy
  • John Hanney on harmonica and vocals – US Navy
  • Jo Wymer
  • Jo Wymer on guitar and vocals – US Navy
  • Rogues on the Run
  • Jack Hoban on guitar and vocals – US Marines
  • Vel Johnson on saxophone – US Marines
  • Chuck Lambert
  • Ed Trygar on Drums – US Air Force
  • Kevin Brennan on bass – US Navy
  • Vel Johnson on saxophone – US Marines
  • How Band Together for Veterans Began

This year, funds that are raised will go to help the following local organizations that provide services to our local vets:

MA22 – Local veteran’s organization focused on community engagement and suicide prevention. Dedicated to providing information and education regarding the network of services available for military veterans classified with special needs. These services include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain injury, and other disabilities. They provide an opportunity to experience treatment outside of the Veteran Affairs Administration facilities and provide programs at no cost to the veteran.  MA22 will provide this network to these veterans in an effort to eradicate the estimated twenty-two daily Veteran suicides epidemic.

 The first Band Together for Veterans event took place in 2016 at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, organized by veteran musicians John Fernandez and Charlie Wuth. The idea was to host an event with local bands, each of which contains at least one veteran musician, to raise money for local veteran service programs. 

This event also brings veterans’ friends and families to enjoy a day of great musical performances. Each year we bring some of the best local and regional musicians together. We thank them for donating their time and incredible talent to this worthy cause.  As a result of the tremendous response and generosity from the community, to date we have been able to raise $8,000 of much-needed funding for local programs for the following local programs:

  • Brennan Stands Alone – Volunteers who help our injured military men and women and their families with their financial issues after being wounded.
  • The Guiding Lights Home – a transitional living program designed to help female veterans progress from serving our country to now living in a civilian culture.
  • The Lakewood Vet Center – offers confidential help for Veterans that include counseling for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the psychological effects of military sexual trauma.
  • Vetworks – an organization, governed by an all-Veteran volunteer Board of Directors and currently staffed by disabled veterans, who seek to provide services to enable Veterans to maintain, or achieve, self-sufficiency.



The Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation (JSJBF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization open to anyone interested in supporting jazz and blues. The foundation’s mission is to preserve, promote, and perpetuate jazz, blues, and other indigenous music forms in New Jersey.  The JSJBF is recognized as an active and compliant charity by the state of New Jersey due to their support of charitable organizations throughout the state.

Ocean First Bank: Founded in 1902, is a $11.8 billion regional bank providing financial services throughout New Jersey and in the major metropolitan markets of Philadelphia, New York Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Boston and is one of the largest and oldest community-based financial institutions headquartered in New Jersey.  Funding assistance for this event has been provided as part of their Hero Sponsorship  Program

Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 12– VVA’s mission is to help veterans, without regard to race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual preference, or national origin.  “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”