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Military Veterans Rock Out!

This week at Help for Heroes Recovery Centre Tedworth House, a Music Development Week held for wounded, injured and sick (WIS) service personnel and veterans, it gave some a chance to develop on their existing love of music and some to pick up a completely new instrument and start to learn a new skill.
Monday morning arrived and the beneficiaries had turned up ready to rock, the group spoke about their favourite bands and songs and then decided on the three songs they wanted to learn throughout to week to perform to the house on the Thursday evening that week.
Over the week, the band adopted more and more members. Other injured and ill serving personnel and veterans that were recovering at Tedworth House started to join in, and the band ended up with a lead guitarist, a rhythm guitarist, two bassists, two drummers, a keyboard player and a singer!
With a visit to a music studio and a trip to watch a gig – the week was full of variety and on the Thursday evening, the band who named themselves “None of the above” performed for the rest of the house for the evening entertainment and played Ed Sheeran’s ‘We found love’, a version of ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and finished the set with ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay.
The audience was packed. Friends, family and other residents filled the room cheering on the band and singing along with the performance.
Graham Rogers, an injured Navy veteran said: “Being given the opportunity to perform again without pressure was amazing. It was a great change to meet like-minded people without any judgement.”
“It was such a buzz playing the gig, everyone was cheering and clapping along! It was great. I hadn’t played in years but I won’t be stopping now!”


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