American Patriot Music Project is a non-profit organization comprised of the award winning signature band AMERICAN PATRIOT BAND (formerly Phoenix Patriot Band). Retired Navy Veteran, Darrin Isham, created the band as a vehicle and marketing platform to facilitate a music program that would provide therapeutic support and music opportunities for veterans and first responders; utilizing the power of music to create a positive environment in their lives. The band is currently headquartered in Temecula, California.
2019 Board of Directors:
PRESIDENT/CHAIRMAN: Darrin Isham (Navy Veteran)
VICE PRESIDENT: Jason Johnson (USMC Veteran)
TREASURER: Jeff Russell (Air Force Veteran)
SECRETARY: James Priest (Air Force Veteran)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Tony Villegas (Army Veteran)
DARRIN ISHAM - "Ish"
Darrin plays bass and keyboards in the band. Music influences include Rush, Led Zeppelin, Journey, Foo Fighters and Stone Temple Pilots. He has played in several bands in the Temecula area.
TONY VILLEGAS - "T-Bone"
RAY LINDEMANS - "Rockin Ray"
Ray brings an amazing depth of musical talent and industry experience to the band. He studied under Roy Burns (Benny Goodman Band) and Max Thoms (Rein Vermeulen Band). He's been in several bands to include Bands Borrowed Time out of Orange County, where they opened up for acts like Motley Crue and Poison. Other bands include American Metal Experience (AMX), Diatribe, Black Out Blues (he played with the guitar player who wrote Jungle Love for the Steve Miller Band), Black Hand Society (they were managed by Howard Ungerleider who also managed acts like Tesla, the Who, and Rush), Dwight Fry Alice Cooper Tribute Act (signed by Polygram Records), Blues Testaments, and the Tim Walsh Band (Tim is the guitar player for the comedian Andy Dick). Ray also toured Europe as a solo drummer/musician managed by Charlie Prick (manager of John Denver).
Ray brings a lot of passion to the project, sighting his sincere appreciation for his parents (Dutch immigrants) liberation by American forces in Holland during the Nazi invasion of World War II. His realization of the possibility of not existing today, if it weren't for the American military, helps drive his dedication to help our nation's wounded veterans and their families. His family story can be read in the book titled "Nazi Atrocities Seen Through the Eyes of a Little Dutch Boy", written by his uncle Jon Lindemans (available on Amazon).
Amanda’s love of music started as a little girl. She played violin, piano and flute at a young age. She picked up a guitar at her mom’s friend’s house when she was 15, and taught herself several chords and started to write songs. Amanda has been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since 1986. Her first band projects included original bands where she helped to write songs and sing lead vocals. Her bands played all over Los Angeles and Orange County.
Family life took the lead until 2004 when she began to sing lead in a classic rock cover band Deep Haze. She has been in various band projects since this time including the trio Off the Vine, and recording her own original music in the studio. Amanda is a southern rock girl that brings power and emotion to her songs and now is proud to bring her vocals to American Patriot.
He delivers a strong and powerful vocal presence, backed by years of experience in the music circuit.
He spent over sixteen years in the Los Angeles music scene throughout the 80's and 90's, singing in multiple bands, and sharing the stages in L.A. with popular acts such as Motley Crue, Great White, and Poison.
Like so many young people, Raymond began playing guitar in high school emulating and learning the music of The Doobie Brothers, Styx, Ambrosia, Led Zeppelin, Robin Trower, Peter Frampton, Rush, and the Bay Area funky rhythms and grooves he heard growing up there.
Beginning in high school, Raymond began to play in local bands such as Stargate, Kicks, Hit'n'Run, and then with regionally successful bands in the southern California club scene such as Crystal, Notice to Appear, Smak Dab!, and Plato Soul. Raymond spent time in Tokyo Japan performing in various local clubs in the Roppongi District, as well as, doing recording session work for a Tokyo based music producer.
Raymond's professional life connects him with veterans causes, strengthening his interest to further serve them as a volunteer for the American Patriot Music Project.