Upcoming Concert!

Quick Note: Only a week before the Concert! 

Sgt. Yde, can we work out a trade? I will send you (and the Public Affairs unit) a fabulous care package in exchange for a dvd of the concert. What do you think?  

1st Cavalry News

‘Haifa Street Project’ set to debut 4th of July

By Sgt. Robert Yde
2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs

            FORWARD OPERATING BASE PROSPERITY, Iraq – When most Soldiers with the 2nd “Black Jack” Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division hear the name, “Haifa Street Project,” the first thing that probably comes to mind is the brigade’s ongoing work to restore the former battleground in Baghdad’s city center. However, within the brigade there is another Haifa Street Project that has recently begun and is hoping to make a name for itself.
            “We were just sitting around and somebody said, ‘Haifa Street Project,’ and it was just like, that’s perfect,” Capt. Jason Lewis, the brigade’s civil affairs officer said.        
            Lewis and four other Soldiers have recently formed a band and adopted the civic project’s name as their own.
            “We have an ongoing Haifa Street Project in the Karkh District right now that’s a really big deal,” the Santa Barbara, Calif. native explained. “We just felt like that’s a project, and we’re a project; they’re growing, we’re growing, and so we named the band that.
            “Plus we get duel publicity,” he added. “Our own and every time somebody mentions Haifa Street, you don’t know if they’re talking about the band or the street project in Karkh.”
            The original idea to form a band while in Baghdad started back at Fort Hood, Texas with guitarist, 2nd Lt. J.P. Hare who is with Headquarters Troop, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment and lead singer, Capt. Patrick Miller who is with the 5-6th Military Transition Team. At the time, both Soldiers were with the 15th Brigade Support Battalion and assumed they would be living at the same base.
            “At the last second I got thrown onto the MiTT at Prosperity while [Hare] was at Falcon,” explained Miller, a Buffalo, N.Y., native. “So, it never really came to fruition.”
            While at FOB Falcon, Hare started playing with two other Soldiers: bassist, Spc. Stephanie Gould who was also with the 15th BSB, and drummer, Spc. Zak Deckard, who was with one of the Black Jack Brigade’s attached units, 1st Battalion, 14th Cavalry Regiment. In March, both the 15th BSB and 1-14th Cavalry relocated to the International Zone, and Hare and Miller were able to pick up with their original plan of forming a band.
            “We ended up coming here to Prosperity, and we were all able to come back together with Capt. Miller and Capt. Lewis, and now we’re ready to rock the IZ,” Naples, Fla., native Gould said.
            All of the Soldiers said they have been involved with music for quite sometime, and most of them have played in other bands before.
            “J.P.’s been in numerous bands in California, and I’ve been in a few bands,” Miller said. “The last time I was deployed to Iraq I was in a band, and we toured around the Green Zone.  It’s just something we love doing.”
            For Lewis, however, this is his first stint in a band, and he said that so far he’s enjoyed the experience.
            “It’s awesome. I love music,” he said. “I did play in one of the church services, but it’s a little different flavor now – a little different music. It’s very loud, and I’m kind of an older guy, so if I lose my hearing, then, oh well, it’s for a good purpose.”
            Since forming about a month ago, the Haifa Street Project tries to find time to practice about 10 hours a week, usually in the evening at the Prosperity Chapel.
            “We’re very passionate toward what we’re doing because it’s very time consuming,” Miller said. “We work on top of this, too. So it’s hard to find the time to come here to the chapel at a reasonable hour and not wake people up. You’ve really got to want to do it to be able to do it.”
            Although it can be difficult for all five Soldiers to find the time to get together, Lewis said that the time he is able to spend playing music is worth it.
            “You just blow off steam,” Lewis said. “All we do is work and focus on military activities and operations and missions. That’s our primary job over here, but if I can get an hour to blow off some steam and play with the guys then I love doing that.”
            The band hopes to help other Soldiers blow off some steam on the 4th of July when the Haifa Street Project makes their debut with an outdoor concert at Prosperity.
            “It’s going to rock,” Gould said of their upcoming concert. “We’re really looking forward to it. We’ve been practicing hard. We’re playing songs that everyone knows and everyone’s familiar with. We’re just going to play and have a good time and just enjoy it.”
             The music is primarily mainstream alternative, which all the band members, with the exception of Lewis, said is what they listen to.
            “That’s all them,” Lewis said. “If I had my choice we’d be playing all Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, but I couldn’t even get the Bee Gees in there. I’ve got to go with the band, though.”
            Along with practicing several times a week for their upcoming concert, the band has been busy advertising their concert by printing and posting up flyers all over Prosperity and throughout the International Zone.
            “There’s a lot of time, money and effort going into it, and we’ve got a lot of people supporting it,” Miller said. “I have no idea what to expect, but whether it’s 700 people or it’s 30 people, we’re going to play the same. It’s going to be a good show.”
            Based on how their first show goes, Miller said he hopes that band will be able to play other venues around the IZ and possibly Baghdad.
            “Nothing is set in stone right now,” Miller said. “But we plan on playing at Freedom Rest. The embassy’s got a little auditorium and just around the Green Zone, or even outside the Green Zone at different FOBs. There’s a lot of logistics involved getting there, but who knows, we’re open to whatever and we’ll just take one step at a time. Right now we’re just looking forward to the Fourth.”

Members of the ‘Haifa Street Project,’ guitarist, 2nd Lt. J.P. Hare from Oakland Calif., bassist, Spc. Stephanie Gould from Naples, Fla., and drummer, Zak Deckard from Bloomington, Ind., practice at the Forward Operating Base Prosperity’s Chapel June 8 in central Baghdad. The band is made up of five Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and is practicing for their upcoming 4th of July debut concert. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Yde, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

Members of the ‘Haifa Street Project,’ guitarist, 2nd Lt. J.P. Hare from Oakland Calif., bassist, Spc. Stephanie Gould from Naples, Fla., and drummer, Zak Deckard from Bloomington, Ind., practice at the Forward Operating Base Prosperity’s Chapel June 8 in central Baghdad. The band is made up of five Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and is practicing for their upcoming 4th of July debut concert. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Yde, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

Drummer, Spc. Zak Deckard from Bloomington, Ind. and bassist, Spc. Stephanie Gould from Naples, Fla., both members of the Haifa Street Project, practice at the FOB Prosperity Chapel June 8. The band is made up of five Soldiers from the 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. and is practicing for their upcoming Fourth of July concert. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Yde, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

Drummer, Spc. Zak Deckard from Bloomington, Ind. and bassist, Spc. Stephanie Gould from Naples, Fla., both members of the Haifa Street Project, practice at the FOB Prosperity Chapel June 8. The band is made up of five Soldiers from the 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. and is practicing for their upcoming Fourth of July concert. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Yde, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

Members of the Haifa Street Project, keyboardist, Capt. Jason Lewis from Santa Barbara, Calif., guitarist, 2nd Lt. JP Hare from Oakland, Calif., bassist, Spc. Stephanie Gould from Naples, Fla. and drummer, Spc. Zak Deckard from Bloomington, Ind., practice at the FOB Prosperity Chapel June 8. The band is made up of five Soldiers from the 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. and is practicing for their upcoming Fourth of July concert. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Yde, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

Members of the Haifa Street Project, keyboardist, Capt. Jason Lewis from Santa Barbara, Calif., guitarist, 2nd Lt. JP Hare from Oakland, Calif., bassist, Spc. Stephanie Gould from Naples, Fla. and drummer, Spc. Zak Deckard from Bloomington, Ind., practice at the FOB Prosperity Chapel June 8. The band is made up of five Soldiers from the 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. and is practicing for their upcoming Fourth of July concert. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Yde, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

Members of the ‘Haifa Street Project,’ lead singer, Capt. Patrick Miller from Buffalo, N.Y., guitarist, 2nd Lt. J.P. Hare from Oakland, Calif., and drummer, Spc. Zak Deckard from Bloomington, Ind., practice at the FOB Prosperity Chapel June 8. The band is made up of five Soldiers from the 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. and is practicing for their upcoming Fourth of July concert. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Yde, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

Members of the ‘Haifa Street Project,’ lead singer, Capt. Patrick Miller from Buffalo, N.Y., guitarist, 2nd Lt. J.P. Hare from Oakland, Calif., and drummer, Spc. Zak Deckard from Bloomington, Ind., practice at the FOB Prosperity Chapel June 8. The band is made up of five Soldiers from the 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. and is practicing for their upcoming Fourth of July concert. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Yde, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

Members of the ‘Haifa Street Project,’ drummer, Spc. Zak Deckard from Bloomington, Ind., bassist, Spc. Stephanie Gould from Naples, Fla., guitarist, 2nd Lt. J.P. Hare from Oakland, Calif., leader singer, Capt. Patrick Miller from Buffalo, N.Y., and keyboardist, Capt. Jason Lewis from Santa Barbara, Calif., practice at the FOB Prosperity Chapel June 8. The band is made up of five Soldiers from the 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. and is practicing for their upcoming Fourth of July concert. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Yde, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

Members of the ‘Haifa Street Project,’ drummer, Spc. Zak Deckard from Bloomington, Ind., bassist, Spc. Stephanie Gould from Naples, Fla., guitarist, 2nd Lt. J.P. Hare from Oakland, Calif., leader singer, Capt. Patrick Miller from Buffalo, N.Y., and keyboardist, Capt. Jason Lewis from Santa Barbara, Calif., practice at the FOB Prosperity Chapel June 8. The band is made up of five Soldiers from the 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. and is practicing for their upcoming Fourth of July concert. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Yde, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

Guitarist, 2nd Lt. J.P. Hare from Oakland, Calif., and bassist, Spc. Stephanie Gould from Naples, Fla., both members of the ‘Haifa Street Project,’ practice at the FOB Prosperity Chapel June 8. The band is made up of five Soldiers from the 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. and is practicing for their upcoming Fourth of July concert. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Yde, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

Guitarist, 2nd Lt. J.P. Hare from Oakland, Calif., and bassist, Spc. Stephanie Gould from Naples, Fla., both members of the ‘Haifa Street Project,’ practice at the FOB Prosperity Chapel June 8. The band is made up of five Soldiers from the 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. and is practicing for their upcoming Fourth of July concert. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Robert Yde, 2nd BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

Flyers such as this one advertise the Haifa Street Project’s upcoming 4th of July concert at Forward Operating Base Prosperity. (Illustration by Capt. Christopher Graves, 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division Military Transition Team)

Flyers such as this one advertise the Haifa Street Project’s upcoming 4th of July concert at Forward Operating Base Prosperity. (Illustration by Capt. Christopher Graves, 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division Military Transition Team)

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36 Responses to Upcoming Concert!

  1. I would love to see one of their videos. Maybe they could upload one to YouTube for the rest of us to check out.

    Cheers,

  2. CavMom says:

    I sent out a request. We shall see! 🙂

  3. J.P. Hare says:

    I heard they are pretty amazing. J/k I’m the guitar player. All the members are very commited, we are like a big family. I’m just curious who wants a video on youtube– dr.bulldoggie we will hook you up. CAVMOM you are awesome. The HaifaStreetProject loves you! Spread the word, 4 JUL 07, meet me at the volleyball court….it’s going down.

  4. PMills says:

    CavMom you asked and you shall receive. This is going to be an event of a lifetime, and the whole point is to bring a little bit of ‘home’ here to Iraq. Thanks for the support!

    Patrick

  5. cavmom says:

    I am a groupie and would also like a signed poster. 😉

    Seriously, If I could get clearance I would be there cheering.

  6. cavmom says:

    Doh! Forgot to say thank you for helping to keep morale high. Ya’ll ROCK!

  7. J.P. Hare says:

    PS-We were so excited to see our band existed on the internet we forgot to ask…do we know your son? I’m new to 4-9CAV, and as the medical officer I’m sure I’ve probably met him when we were giving shots.

    Thanks Again
    Darkhorse
    H.S.P.

  8. cavmom says:

    You may know him. I will send you an email with his name. (although most of the world knows him by My L’il Trooper) 😀

  9. JuzAGirl says:

    That drummer is my friend! ♥
    Rock on guys.

  10. cavmom says:

    JuzAGirl ~ We can hardly wait to hear them play!

  11. OH my Gosh,
    I am so excited, Zak Deckard is my grandson. I know how he loves music, writes songs, plays guitar, as well as play drums. Please let him know how excited we are, and how proud we are of all of them. Just wish I could be there. God bless all you guys.
    Mawmaw Vaughn

  12. Tisha Pyrke says:

    omggggg this is so cool! zak is my son. I’m so proud of him jeeeeeeez im proud of you all. and sooo very to be American. ty sm….
    Zaks momma

  13. cavmom says:

    Momma and Grandma ~ Thanks for dropping in 😉 I see the HSP has several groupies 😀

    Should we get t-shirts made up?

  14. Yes, about the T-shirts. My daughter and I both would love to wear one. cavmom you just don’t know how much your Site means to us. Thank you and God bless you for keeping us informed, you , I am sure know are our special gift. Thanks again. Hugs
    Mawmaw Vaughn

  15. J.P. Hare says:

    Zak is a great soldier, a good kid, and a hell of a drummer. We have already printed shirts, but I can send the design and you folks can make your own. You can probably probably print them on something fashionable.

  16. cavmom says:

    Hahahaha… What could be more fashionable than the standard Army T-Shirt?

  17. Janet Carter says:

    Zak is a great young man. I taught him in Sunday School and have always been proud of his honesty and capacity to care for others. We are proud of you Zak!
    Miss Janet

  18. cavmom says:

    Miss Janet ~ It appears as if Zak has a wonderful group of fans. Thanks for stopping in and sharing with us.

    Hugs to our families who are fighting so far from home.

  19. JeremyG says:

    What’s up guy’s! Long time friend of Pat and ex-military. I was deployed to Iraq in 2005 and wish I would be there to see you guys play! Good luck and way to keep up the morale! SEND ME A TAPE!

    Jeremy

  20. Carole Miller says:

    I’m Pat’s mom. I just want to take a minute to let everyone know what a fine young man he is…..and that I, along with his dad, sister Cathy and brothers Matt and Tim are all very proud of him.
    I’m sure the concert will be a hit!! Pat, remember that dad and I want to see it!

    Love you.

    Mom

  21. cavmom says:

    Thanks for stopping in Carole!

    I love hearing from the families of our Warriors.

    (now, when are ya’ll going to share the goofy stories about them? ) 😀

  22. MIKEY GRADER says:

    Hey HaifaStreetProject!! Big shout out to all of you guys! Pat and I go way back… Pat, it’s good to hear that your finally putting that voice of yours to use!!!! I’ll be thinking of you guys back here in A-Town, NY on the 4th and I wish you guys the best!!! Play loud… Pat I miss ya and take care!!!!!!!!

  23. cavmom says:

    Hey guys ~ In your honor we had a fantastic air band thing going here in the office.

    And the Drummer (me) is pretty good! 😀

    We are trying to kill time while waiting on your video………………………… My fans are begging for a quick release date. Someone in the back mumbled about my drumming talents.

    I am getting no respect!

  24. Saunsi says:

    Hey Patrick, I’m so glad all of that singing in the shower paid off! I can’t wait to see the video’s. I’m so proud of you, JP and the whole gang! Add me to the groupie list! Love you, Sauns

  25. ZaksWife says:

    Hey Zak,
    That’s my rockstar. I’m proud of you honey. Thank you for being such a great man.

    Keep on rockin!!

  26. BMiller says:

    THAT’S RIGHT!!!! Pat, do your thing cousin……..I miss you like mad bro. Panama City was awesome, I wish I could be there for the 4th. Kick some ass! Good talking to you the other day, sounds as if everything is moving in the right direction. Glad to see some other buds and my awesome Aunt Carole as well!

    With Love,
    Billy

  27. Well Guys, I’m sitting here holding my breath. Can’t wait to hear your music. this is the early morning of the 3rd and I’ll bet you guys are as tight as a 13 day clock. Going to pray for you all til show time. My loves with you, wish I could be. God bless.
    Mawmaw Vaughn ( Zak’s grandmaw)

  28. Carole Miller says:

    Question for you: where did you get those shirts??? (I’ll bet Pat knows…lol).

    Carole

  29. jp says:

    CBS early show…0700 in every time zone 4JUL.

    it’s the Haifa street Project. But is America ready?

  30. BUZZzzz..... says:

    I am a old retired Soldier which when I was in Vietnam, we formed our own company band which we played gigs between the breaks in film of the movies we had back then. I salute you guys for doing the extra stuff for the Troops while enjoying making music for yourself.

    Former 11B5VW8

  31. kate says:

    Well no Haifa Street Project on our Early Show. I hope everyone who is as dissapointed with the CBS programing for Independence Day as wee are sends them an email and lets them know how they feel about it.

  32. Ken says:

    The guys (and Steph) were great! It seemed completely wrong to not be in a smokefilled club, with a beer in my hand, and several empties in front of me- listening to my friends rocking. They were Baghdad beautiful- but could certainly earn their way (or at least drink for free) playing in joints around “The Great Place.”

    JP- seeing you rip on the LSU guitar made my month! I’m not sure Pat’s depth was ever displayed at SportShack karaoke. Zak, Jason, and Steph- strong work backing the front and center guys.

    Pat- get me a T-shirt!

  33. ProudDad says:

    We are VERY disappointed that there was not any coverage of the concert on CBS. ZAK don’t forget Dad wants a DVD Please. We cant wait to see it!!! We are sure you guys and gal ROCKED the Place!!

    Love,
    Dad & Katie

  34. zak's momma says:

    wish i coulda been there to see you gettin yer all’s groove on……i’m with yer Dad,DVD plz and ty,love you bubby…oops did i say that??YEP,i did,your always gunna be bubby to yer momma 😛 love you honey LOL i called u bee poop,neener neener,bout time to message me bucko XOXOXO love you,Momma

  35. cavmom says:

    Zak’s Momma ~ hahahaha… (bee poop) Priceless!

    That reminds me, when my L’il Trooper was a toddler I used to call him “Pork Chop.”

    Gotta love our terms of endearment! 😀

    (hey Son, if you read this, remind me to tell you how Dad J got his nick name.)

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