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Mount Prospect, Illinois, United States | SELF

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"Welcome Home Salute"

A Day in the Life – InVironments 11/09








Davenport Project hosts ‘Welcome Home’ salute



By Kathy Siebrasse



When First Sgt. Rick Schap returned to Sycamore from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, his good friends made sure he and fellow soldiers were guests of honor at a party to remember. In fact, it was much like the party thrown for their “send off” one year prior.



The “welcome home” party Sept. 26, was organized by The Davenport Project, a regional pop/rock band whose members consider Schap a cherished friend.



“We feel these parties on behalf of our soldiers are much deserved occasions considering everything they leave behind to defend our great country,” said Don Burns, drummer, whose fellow band members echo his sentiments.



Doug Davenport, the band’s lead vocalist, was born and raised in DeKalb County, as was Mark Betz, who plays rhythm/lead guitar and sings background vocals for the group. Other band members include Paul Turcotte, rhythm/lead guitar and background vocals; and Steve Dove, bass guitar.



The “Welcome Home Tribute” party was held on private property in the barn of another friend just north of Sycamore. Between 150-200 people attended to show their support for the returning soldiers and to enjoy the music of “The Davenport Project,” along with two other featured bands.



“The Davenport Project” originally started as a trio in the spring of 2008, known as “The Davenport Acoustic Project.” It has evolved into a full band with members having completely different tastes in music and backgrounds in the arts.



“Although different, we all share one common interest—to provide good music that is both enjoyed by the audience, as well as the performers who provide it. Entertaining as a way to welcome our soldiers home is a real privilege and the ultimate way for us to show our gratitude,” said Davenport.



Joining “The Davenport Project” during the onstage tribute were Jimmy Shanks, a DeKalb County resident who performs acoustic country music; and singer/songwriter Jenny Franck, of Malta, whose acoustic trio was featured in the July issue of InVironments.



“When Don and Doug told us what this party was about, we said absolutely, we want to participate,” said Franck, who stopped her music several times during the tribute party to express her gratitude to the service men and women.



For more information about “The Davenport Project,” visit www.TheDavenportProject.com.



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Doug
When Doug was five years old he picked up his first microphone. He was at his sisters drum and bugle practice, at the time he was to young to play any instruments. However, there were big speakers and a microphone sitting in the corner of the studio, so he picked it up and started to sing Elvis songs. Through the early years he always had the ear for music but was taken away from the music scene by his love of sports. As his love for baseball grew, so did his passion for music. He got involved with several musicals and plays in late 80s and early 90s. Growing up in a small town, all they had were bars and trouble. He would wait for a band to come in to town and ask if he could sing one song with them, it was then that he realized the stage was his home after they kept him up there for more than just one song. Through the late 90's he would enter entertainment contests and karaoke competitions. In 2005 he traveled throughout the Midwest singing World Karaoke competitions, which was his last year ending at number at #8 in Miami at the world finals. The past few years he has been working on recordings and several band projects, After finding guitar player Mark Bentz, he formed ‘The Davenport Acoustic Project’. Since then they have added a full band and thus changing the name to simply, "The Davenport Project". He says he is very blessed to have great musicians with him on his Midwestern rock and roll journey. He feels his latest project full of talent and heart! He hopes to see you soon!

Mike
From punk to pop, Mike, 49, hails from Glen Ellyn where, as a yoot, he really dug the drums at an early age. An acoustic emulator Mike could replicate the performances of the studio greats of the 60's, and 70's while still in grade school. While he admits to the guilty pleasures of the Partridge Family and Barry Manilow, he immersed himself in many musical genres and played in a a funk-punk band called Alonzo Savage, a party band called Flyer, and a band called Hearsay that played the local bar circuit. Mike gigged from "the Whale" to the Metro, subbed for the national touring Manny B & the Rhythm Nights and works in the not-so-glamorous television industry. His turn ons are water skiing and attending trade shows.

Dan
Tana has been playing guitar since age 12 covering Country, rock and roll, blues and bluegrass. Since high school, when Tana played bass guitar and sang lead vocals, through the current Davenport Project, performing live music has always been in his life, whether playing in bands as a 2nd job, or playing for the love of making music with friends. Dan Tana is originally from Indianapolis, and has lived in Nashville, TN, San Diego, CA, and currently resides in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Tom
Tom is a solid, talented guitar player, a fine songwriter, and plays and enjoys it all from Rock, Pop, Country, Metal, Smooth Jazz, Funk, Blues, even Fusion. Whether writing, performing, arranging, and producing his own material or simply playing guitar for other artists, he brings the pure enjoyment of listening to music to the actual process of creating it.
Tom has been playing guitar since he was 16, in mid 80’s when hair metal ruled, Tom played in several bands of cover and original material. During that time Tom played joined with two brothers to form Ancient Prophecy, who scored well around the western suburbs. Into the late 80’s/early 90’s as pop/dance bands became more prevalent, Tom joined Zig Zag, the first time Tom had a band with keyboards. Zig Zag stayed together over four years with the band members gaining invaluable experience playing summer festivals.
Recently Tom has focused his playing on blues, blues/rock, country, and acoustic/unplugged playing and songwriting, and credits this playing with influences like B.B King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tomo Fujita, John Mayer, Jimmy Buffett, Jackson Browne, The Eagles, Jack Johnson, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton. Tom proudly uses Fender guitars & amps, Martin guitars, Line6 amps & PODs, and Robert Keeley modded pedals.

Steve
Beginning in the Late 1980’s Steve played with various classic rock bands in college. He dropped out of music until 2002 when in a fit of midlife crisis, he dusted off the bass and played again for a short time for local classic rock bands and ultimately for Discount Rack All Stars - an original rock band based in the Northwestern suburbs. Influences are classic blues, and good old-fashioned rock and roll! Steve is excited to get back on the road, hang out in the pocket and lay down the groove