|10-30-2004, 03:07 AM||#1 (permalink)|
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Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: NW US
Once in a lifetime: Hometown hero meets hometown band
By Army Pfc. Andrew Hillegass
Marine News Service
WASHINGTON - Cpl. Antonio Deascanis never thought he would say these words when he joined the Marine Corps: "Please welcome the band that speaks to 'The Young and the Hopeless,' Good Charlotte."
But, Sept. 4, on the National Mall in Washington in front of a crowd of 100,000 people, the young corporal, with the help of NFL Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Namath and Joe Theisman, did just that.
Deascanis, who is assigned to Headquarters Battalion at Henderson Hall, Arlington, Va., got the chance of a lifetime. Not only did he appear on the nationally televised NFL Kickoff Live concert with two of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, but he was also able to introduce a band he liked.
"It was good to get the opportunity to represent the Marine Corps, but it was also great to introduce one of my favorite bands," said Deascanis.
Through Operation Tribute to Freedom (OTF), a Department of Defense initiative to encourage the public to show their appreciation and reinforce the bond between American citizens and the men and women of our armed forces, Deascanis was selected to represent the Marine Corps and introduce Good Charlotte, a band from Wilmington, Del., the same hometown as the corporal.
Allowing a hometown hero the opportunity to stand on stage with some past NFL greats and current celebrities was part of the NFL and OTF efforts to salute America's military.
"When I found out about it, I didn't know that it was going to be on TV," Deascanis added. "I wasn't sure that I was going to do it, but after thinking about it, I decided that I would and I am glad that I did."
Once he committed to the concert, he then had to go through some preparation. First, there was a press conference. Reporters from around the world were in attendance as the NFL introduced performers and service members to the media.
"It was cool getting to meet them (Good Charlotte) before the press conference," said Deascanis.
The next thing for Deascanis was to rehearse the program. He had to get familiar with his lines and get over being nervous about sharing the stage with Namath and Theisman.
"I was nervous that I would get up there and let the Marine Corps down by messing up my lines," said Deascanis.
All of the practice paid off for Deascanis. When he walked out on stage to greet the crowd that included 15,000 servicemembers, he got the job done.
"I think that I did a good job once I was up there," Deascanis, who has been in the Marines for a little over two years, said.
For the corporal, meeting two legendary quarterbacks and his favorite band was an all time high, but the real satisfaction came from simply being recognized.
"It was really great to see the military honored by the NFL," Deascanis said.
This was exactly what NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was trying to accomplish when putting the event together.
"We were looking forward to this season's opening game in the nation's capital, which presented a unique opportunity to salute the military and other public servants," Tagliabue said in a press release from the NFL head office.
Once Deascanis was done introducing the band, he walked through the crowd back to the staging area, where to his surprise, Joe Theisman was waiting for him.
Theisman shook the corporal's hand and thanked him for serving the country. Theisman then took time to pose for pictures with the service members that were on hand backstage.
To Deascanis's disbelief, Theisman left, returning only moments later to give the jersey that he had been wearing to the corporal.
"The best part about Joe (Theisman) giving me the jersey is that he had signed it for me, I didn't even know it until I held it up," said Deascanis.
Deascanis was waiting in the backstage tent when Good Charlotte finished their set. That is where the corporal acquired his most prized possession of the evening...a Good Charlotte CD, autographed by lead guitarist Benji Madden.
Times Record News
|11-02-2004, 06:42 PM||#3 (permalink)|
It's our job to arrange the meeting
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Orlando, FL
Re: Good Charlotte
Good post! I don't remember if I said it befor ebut I got to meet a few truly patriotic celebs while deployed.
I'm definatly a supporter of the USO.
|04-14-2008, 02:09 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2008
Re: Good Charlotte
yeah... if u like Good Charlotte , there is a compilation series you should check out called "Euro Club Hits" --
it's pretty clear that dance music is coming back around the world -- just check the recent big American hip-hop and R&B hits which are clear rip-offs of the european dance style.....
here's the direct iTunes link to the "Euro Club Hits" series.....
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