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Willy Pete Band
Willy Pete is a network of musicians, artists, teachers and songwriters committed to sharing their talent and skills to encourage, equip and entertain the American military community. Willy Pete members lay down their egos and self-promotion in order to honor the selfless lifestyle of the American warrior.
Musicians residing in nine major U.S. cities provide live performances, music lessons and recording opportunities for troops and veterans in an effort to serve this important community and recognize their sacrifice for our freedoms. Their music includes rock, pop, country … really, just about anything that will help someone deployed far away feel a little closer to home. Band members also write songs for and about the troops, drawing from the lifestyle and stories of military personnel they encounter on the road.
Dr. Brandon Goff, associate professor of music technology at Francis Marion University, is a regular member of Willy Pete and devotes much of his vacation time to traveling with the band and exposing FMU students to the behind-the-scenes business of musicians touring through foreign countries. Students lucky enough to participate inevitably return to the United States with a new appreciation of foreign lands, our troops, and the power of music.
RESERVATIONS: Reservations may be made by calling the FMU Performing Arts Center at 843-661-4444 between 12:00 and 5:00 pm.