On October 16, a Semper Sound benefit concert entitled “Living Your Dreams” will take place in the Encinitas Elks Lodge for the benefit of the region’s military.
The concert will raise funds for the Semper Sound music therapy program run by the local nonprofit organization Resounding Joy for service members and their families.
The military music therapy program, which began 11 years ago at the request of Naval Medical Center San Diego, helps service members and veterans cope with challenges such as traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress, and depression. It is open to active duty members and veterans of all ages, needs, and abilities.
Music therapy is intended to enrich the participants and help them arrive at non-musical goals such as symptom management, pain reduction, career development and family ties.
Semper Sound is offered in the San Diego area through military bases, veteran facilities, and at Resounding Joy’s Music Wellness Center in the Sorrento Valley. Most customers qualify for free services.
The Semper Sound Band was founded by military personnel in the music therapy program who wanted to make music and share camaraderie. The band’s repertoire is diverse and genres include Americana, contemporary rock, country, heavy metal, jazz, salsa, pop and funk. Members of the Semper Sound Band will be guests at Resounding Joy’s 2021 flagship concert on October 16.
Along with service members and veterans, the concert will feature musicians from the community playing original music and covers of favorite songs. Cast includes military veterans James Boyden, Joel Hamlet, Corey Jernigan, Will Weatherspoon, Jason Danley and Devi Whitlock, and military wife Jennifer Santis. The band Island Mist will open the event. The concert is hosted by Resounding Joy in collaboration with Encinitas Elks Lodge and the UCSD Veterans Staff Association and is sponsored by the Horst Family Foundation.
The event will be held at Encinitas Elks Lodge, 1393 Windsor Rd, Cardiff on October 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $ 30 or $ 75 for early VIP entry and table seating. Parking is free. Service members and veterans can use the promo code “MILITARY” for a 50 percent discount. The food will be sold by local vendors at the event and raffle prizes will be awarded. Tickets can be found at: resoundingjoyinc.org/lyd2021.