The Phoenix Patriot Band was formed in January 2014.  Darrin Isham, retired Navy SEAL and Music Program Manager for Phoenix Patriot Foundation, created the band as a vehicle to facilitate the foundation's music program, and serve as a marketing platform for the foundation.  The band is currently headquartered in Temecula, California.  The award winning band delivers a patriotic veteran themed show aimed at supporting veterans needs!
 

DARRIN ISHAM - "Ish"

Darrin is the band leader for the Phoenix Patriot Band, and Program Manager for the Phoenix Patriot Foundation Music Program.  He is a native of San Diego, California, and a Navy Veteran with 25 years of Naval Special Warfare service.  He grew up in a household with an ever present influence of music through his parents; both accomplished musicians.

Darrin plays bass and keyboards in the band.  Music influences include Rush, Led Zeppelin, Journey, and Stone Temple Pilots.  He has played in several bands in the Temecula area.
 
Recently, he was involved in creating a theme song project for the Never Quit Challenge (an invitational personal watercraft adventure vetted by military special operations personnel benfiting select charities to help wounded veterans and their families).  The first NQC comprised of combat veterans and combat wounded veterans, transiting 1,600 miles from Key West, FL to New York City, NY was completed on September 6-11, 2013.  The single track theme song titled: Never Quit (Clear The Way), featuring the NQC motto, is being utilized as a fundraising platform for the Never Quit Challenge.  It was recently nominated under Best Rock Single for the 2014 L.A. Music Awards.
 

TONY VILLEGAS - "T-Bone"

A California transplant from El Paso, Texas. Introduced to the saxophone in his very early years and loves singing. Started playing in clubs in the late 60's as a lead singer/sax musician and has not looked back. Although he has chosen to remain as semi-pro in his music career, he has had a very successful music life in the Southern California club scene.  He is a U.S. Army and California National Guard Veteran, and the last two years in the Guard served as a Chaplain's Assistant.  This experience has given him special insight on what types of challenges veterans face while serving.  He taught himself to be a rhythm guitarist and keyboardist, but has a special place in his heart for vocal harmonies.  He considers himself a 70's Funk/Classic Rock enthusiast, but in recent years has learned to appreciate country music. He also brings timbales and conga skills to the band and is excited to be a part of this very special outreach to our country's wounded veterans.

RAY LINDEMANS - "Rockin Ray"

 
Ray is the drummer for Phoenix Patriot and is a native of La Mirada, California.  He was raised in Orange County and Temecula, and also spent a couple of years living abroad in Holland at an early age.  He grew up in a very patriotic household, where his father (founding council member to the city of Temecula) would support Memorial Day events every year, showing true heart felt emotion with tears every time.  Music influences include Van Halen, Ozzy Osborne, Steve Ray Vaughn, Led Zepplin, and the Dave Mathews Band.

Ray brings an amazing depth of musical talent and industry experience to the band.  He studied under Roy Burns (Benny Goodman Band) and Max Thoms (Rein Vermeulen Band).  He's been in several bands to include Bands Borrowed Time out of Orange County, where they opened up for acts like Motley Crue and Poison.  Other bands include American Metal Experience (AMX), Diatribe, Black Out Blues (he played with the guitar player who wrote Jungle Love for the Steve Miller Band), Black Hand Society (they were managed by Howard Ungerleider who also managed acts like Tesla, the Who, and Rush), Dwight Fry Alice Cooper Tribute Act (signed by Polygram Records), Blues Testaments, and the Tim Walsh Band (Tim is the guitar player for the comedian Andy Dick).  Ray also toured Europe as a solo drummer/musician managed by Charlie Prick (manager of John Denver).
 
Ray brings a lot of passion to the project, sighting his sincere appreciation for his parents (Dutch immigrants) liberation by American forces in Holland during the Nazi invasion of World War II.  His realization of the possibility of not existing today, if it weren't for the American military, helps drive his dedication to help our nation's wounded veterans and their families.  His family story can be read in the book titled "Nazi Atrocities Seen Through the Eyes of a Little Dutch Boy", written by his uncle Jon Lindemans (available on Amazon).

AMANDA ATKINS

Amanda is the female lead vocalist for the Phoenix Patriot Band.  She was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and raised in a military family.  She lived in Boston for about ten years at an early age, and then moved to Southern California.

Amanda’s love of music started as a little girl. She played violin, piano and flute at a young age.  She picked up a guitar at her mom’s friend’s house when she was 15, and taught herself several chords and started to write songs. Amanda has been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since 1986. Her first band projects included original bands where she helped to write songs and sing lead vocals. Her bands played all over Los Angeles and Orange County.

Family life took the lead until 2004 when she began to sing lead in a classic rock cover band Deep Haze. She has been in various band projects since this time including the trio Off the Vine, and recording her own original music in the studio. Amanda is a southern rock girl that brings power and emotion to her songs and now is proud to bring her vocals to the Phoenix Patriot Band.

BRET ALDSTADT

Bret is the lead male vocalist for the Phoenix Patriot Band. He hails as a native from Pennsylvania, but was raised in Southern California.

He delivers a strong and powerful vocal presence, backed by years of experience in the music circuit.

He spent over sixteen years in the Los Angeles music scene throughout the 80's and 90's, singing in multiple bands, and sharing the stages in L.A. with popular acts such as Motley Crue, Great White, and Poison.

RAYMOND CAMERON

Raymond plays lead and rhythm guitar for the Phoenix Patriot Band.  He is a native of the San Francisco Bay area, and spent most of his childhood growing up in San Diego County.

Like so many young people, Raymond began playing guitar in high school emulating and learning the music of The Doobie Brothers, Styx, Ambrosia, Led Zeppelin, Robin Trower, Peter Frampton, Rush, and the Bay Area funky rhythms and grooves he heard growing up there.

Beginning in high school, Raymond began to play in local bands such as Stargate, Kicks, Hit'n'Run, and then with regionally successful bands in the southern California club scene such as Crystal, Notice to Appear, Smak Dab!, and Plato Soul. Raymond spent time in Tokyo Japan performing in various local clubs in the Roppongi District, as well as, doing recording session work for a Tokyo based music producer.

Raymond's professional life connects him with veterans causes, strengthening his interest to further serve them as a volunteer in the Phoenix Patriot Music Program.

JON NOLAN

Jon plays lead and rhythm guitar for the Phoenix Patriot Band.  He was born and raised in Murrieta, California.  He started playing guitar at the age of 13, and is a well versed musician in the San Diego and Orange County music scenes.  He's played in several bands to include Endure the Fall, Of the Betrayed, and Aether Khora.  Jon is also a professional musician and music instructor.

JEFF RUSSELL

Jeff provides Audio Engineering, and Production Values for the Phoenix Patriot Band. He is a native of Anaheim, CA, while having spent many years in Florida, Nevada, and abroad. Jeff served in the United States Air Force as a Cryptologic Linguist (Arabic). His was a patriotic household with his Father, Grandfather, and many Uncles and Cousins having served over many generations, and conflicts. The household of his youth was also filled with music. His father was a professional musician for over 60 years. Jeff was a classically trained vocalist long before he learned his AE skills. Jeff has provided many aspects of production for many clients over the years. He worked numerous venues for the Walt Disney Corporation in Florida. His duties included Stage Lead, Audio Engineer, and Stage Design/Construction. He also provided services for McCune AV/V San Francisco on hundreds of industrial shows across Southern California. He has mixed every type of show that can be imagined. His client list if far too vast to list. Jeff’s love of country runs deep. With the tradition of his family’s military service he was born with an innate desire to serve. He is blessed to be married to an immigrant of Eastern European descent. She also happens to volunteer for the PPB, and never lets Jeff forget the true gifts of freedom. He knows the costs that our veterans pay for our freedom, and will never let those costs be forgotten.
Music Program for Phoenix Patriot Foundation.

Music Program for Phoenix Patriot Foundation.