The cast members of Bands of Brothers have spent the past 10 weeks learning how to be professional musicians.
On Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, they'll take what they've learned to the stage at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia for a benefit concert beginning at 8 p.m.
In addition to showcasing the cast's musical chops, the concert will raise money for two nonprofits—Give an Hour, and the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center, Inc.—both of which address the psychological needs of veterans.
The creators of Bands of Brothers—Cherry Hill resident Steve Holtzman and Lou Faiola, owner of Cherry Hill School of Rock—hope the web-based reality show will draw more attention to the issue of military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Up to 20 percent of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer from the disorder, according the National Center for PTSD.
Bands of Brothers follows 12 musically inclined veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, all from the greater Delaware Valley, as they form three rock bands and prepare for the big concert on Veterans Day.
In addition to the groups from the the show, the benefit concert will feature an all-star house band, as well as appearances by Eric Bazilian of The Hooters and singer/songwriter Marshall Crenshaw.
To watch previous episodes, or for more information on the concert, go to the Bands of Brothers website.