Operation Encore Launches Inaugural Fundraising Campaign To Support Military Veteran Singer-Songwriters!

Operation Encore is pleased to announce the approval of non-profit status from the IRS. Officially designated as a 501(c)(3), donations to Operation Encore are now tax deductible. Charitable donations will help Operation Encore professionally produce original music written and performed by talented military veteran artists like Stephen Covell, Steve Wilson, Theresa Bowman, Jerry Maniscalco, Rachel Hill, Dani Figueroa, Logan Vath, and many more.  Operation Encore relies on donations to provide training and mentoring opportunities for singer-songwriters from across the veteran community. who produce original music, perform live across the county, and advocate for other veteran causes. Our inaugural fundraising campaign runs through July 4th. Support Operation Encore by visiting our donation page, texting OE2018 to 1-844-544-7171, or by visiting our Amazon Smile link.  

Daryl Klenda
Doug Lane Releases New Single
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Veteran Operation Encore artist Doug Lane has released a new single entitled "Outlaws, Lovers, and Home".  The single is available for purchase on Google Play, Amazon and iTunes.  The lyrics and guitar tab are available at the music note link above and the Operation Encore lyric video is available here

Check out The Real Doug Lane at www.therealdouglane.com

Congratulations to Doug on another awesome song! 

Daryl Klenda
Operation Encore Forms New Advisory Board

Lucas Hoge, Steve Mansfield and Ed Scheuer join our team.

Operation Encore, has formed an advisory board comprised of experienced leaders in the fields of music, business and law to assist the organization and its community of active duty and veteran military singer/songwriters.  This board will provide insights and advice as Operation Encore grows and expands its mission.  Operation Encore is currently in the IRS approval process to become a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.


Lucas Hoge, Steve Mansfield and Ed Scheur are the first members to join the board, which may expand in the future as other qualified and dedicated members are recruited.

Lucas Hoge is a native of small town Hubbell, Nebraska and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.  His new album entitled "Dirty South" debuted on the top of the Top Country Album Sales chart and included the song "Medal of Honor", a tribute to military members.  Lucas has been a tireless supporter of the U.S. Military.  He's visited bases in Iraq, Kuwait, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Africa, Alaska as well as other locations over the last nine years on the Armed Forces Entertainment Wrangler National Patriot Tour. Lucas is also the official spokesperson for Guardian Angels for a Soldiers Pet.  Earlier this year, Operation Encore artists Trip Raymond, Tom Abbott, Stephen Covell and Andrew Wiscombe opened for Lucas during a concert for Airmen at RAF Mildenhall, UK.  

Steve Mansfield is the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, an international law firm that is assisting Operation Encore after its transition into a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization. Steve, an accomplished trial lawyer, represents corporations, officers, and directors in DOJ and SEC matters and civil business trials.  Steve previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting fraud and corruption cases.  As the head of the U.N. War Crimes Investigations Unit, Mr. Mansfield supervised international investigative teams in war crimes investigations in Rwanda, which led to the United Nations’ establishment of a war crimes tribunal for Rwanda. He has served as an instructor with Lawyers Without Boarders on several rule of law and anti-trafficking programs in Kenya and Tanzania.  Steve is also a prolific singer/songwriter who was written and performed a song about fighting elephant poaching called "Kenyan Heroes" and has an album entitled "Arugula".

Ed Scheuer founded Capius Consulting following a consulting career of over 20 years. Ed was a Partner in the Life Sciences practice of Strategic Decisions Group (SDG), a privately held, multi-national consulting firm. He served as a member of SDG’s Board of Directors and chaired its Audit and Finance Committee. At SDG, Ed led corporate growth, due diligence and portfolio management projects at dozens of companies, including some of the world’s largest biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical firms. Ed has also worked with many emerging companies on risk management, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, financial process re-engineering and internal audit. He began his career with Price Waterhouse in the UK and with Arthur Andersen in the United States, where he served in both the external and internal audit groups. Ed is a frequent performer of music and theater, a former rugby player and an expert cocktail designer.

Daryl Klenda
OE Supports Notes 4 Hope

Operation Encore artists Stephen Covell and Tom Abbott opened for Mat Kearney at the annual Notes4Hope benefit concert supporting breast cancer research and prevention. Stephen and Tom performed a song off of Stephen’s new EP, “Ruled By You,” a track that will also be included on this year’s Notes4Hope compilation album comprised of artists from the San Francisco Bay area. Stephen and Tom joined Mat on stage at CalShakes for an epic tribute to Tom Petty, finishing out the evening on an incredible high note. 

Daryl Klenda
Operation Encore Helps Victims of Hurricanes
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Operation Encore artists Steve Wilson, Doug Lane, Stephen Covell, and Meghan Richards joined forces with Team Rubicon and the American Legion to put on a benefit show in support of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. All proceeds went to Team Rubicon, a fantastic organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. It was a great night of music and camaraderie for a great cause.

Daryl Klenda