SWAM’s Celebration of Heroes

Presented by Service Credit Union

Saturday July 16, 2022

Live Music, Fireworks, Live Military and K9 Demonstrations and more. Fun for the whole family all to support of our Veterans!

Live Military and K9 Demonstrations

Meet our U.S. Navy SEALS

Learn more about Veteran Service Organizations


See Military Vehicles Up Close

Kids & Family Activities

See more photos of our 2021 events 

Tickets On Sale Now!!
$10 General Admission

$50 Music Fan Tickets (Exclusive seating in the Music Fan section directly in front of the stage for maximum music enjoyment!)

$125 VIP Tickets (exclusive access to Brew House, 2 Drink Tickets, free appetizers and Music Fans Seating)

$1200 Suites (20 Tickets and Starter Food Package)

$2000 Party Decks (50 Tickets and buffet)

To reserve tickets for the Hospitality Areas (includes Suites and Party Decks), Reserve Accessible Seating, or Group Sales please call the NH Fisher Cats Box Office: (603) 641-2005 or contact Stephanie at sfournier@nhfishercats.com or (603) 606-4105.

Swimmers and Volunteers

Please show your finisher medal or SWAM2022 Swimmer or Volunteer shirt at the Box Office the day of the event to receive your two (2) complimentary tickets.

Each Event Ticket purchased will be redeemable for a complimentary raffle ticket. When you arrive at the park, please look for the raffle area. More raffle tickets will be available for purchase.

Thank you for supporting Swim With A Mission and joining our Mission for Veterans!

Tentative Schedule

Tentative Schedule of Events
14:00-18:00 (2:00 – 6:00pm)Gates Open to General Public
14:00-16:00 (2:00-4:00pm)
Various Activities available on grounds including Kids Actitivites, Meet the SEALs and K9s, Merchandise for Sale, VSO Info Booths, Raffles, Live Music and More
15:45 (3:45pm)VIP Area Opens
16:00-17:00 (4:00-5:00pm)Main Event: Military and K9 Demonstrations and More
17:00-18:00 (5:00-6:00pm)Activities Continue for General Admission
18:00 (6:00pm)General Admission Leaves Stadium
17:00-21:00 (5:00-9:00pm)VIP Event: Presentations Silent and Live Auction, Food, Drinks, Music and More

Swim With A Mission is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting Veterans services.

Featured Musical Acts

JOHNNY A. – Lead Guitar

Often referred to as a “musicians’ musician” Johnny A. is an internationally recognized Grammy Nominated guitarist/songrwriter/producer. As well as having a very successful 20+ year career as a solo artist, he anchored J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf and his Houseparty 5 Band for eight years acting as musical director, lead guitarist and co-producer (Peter Wolf – “Long Line” Warner/Reprise four stars Rolling Stone Magazine), and was the touring lead guitarist for iconic British band The Yardbirds (2015-18), musical director/lead guitarist for Bobby Whitlock (Derek & the Dominos, George Harrison, Delaney & Bonnie).

As a solo artist, Johnny has toured extensively throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. Major festival performances include: Fuji Rock (Japan), Leverkusen Jazztage (Germany), Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, SF Jazz and others. He has shared stages with such artists as: BB King, Aerosmith, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray, JJ Cale, John Hiatt, Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Etta James, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Eric Johnson, Peter Frampton, and many, many more. He wrote and had a #1 hit on AAA radio for the song “Oh Yeah” from “Sometime Tuesday Morning”, has four solo releases, has been Grammy nominated, voted 2010 “Blues Artist of the Year” (Boston Music Awards) was inducted into the Boston Music Hall of Fame 2014, he has appeared as a featured guitarist on recordings by Peter Wolf, Jimmy Webb, Jim Peterik, Stuart Kimball (Bob Dylan) and others.

Spearheaded by Boston Hall of Fame Guitarist JOHNNY A., and stemming from his passion for The Beatles, the new quartet “From A. To BEATLES”  is a collaboration of Johnny A. and like-minded musician friends to instrumentally “reimagine” the music of The Beatles. From A. To BEATLES features some of the “best of the best” of Boston area musicians with legacies from such iconic bands as The Yardbirds, J. Geils Band, The Joe Perry Project, Peter Wolf, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, and Bobby Whitlock.


American Vinyl Allstar Band

When you hear the term “All Star Band,” one question comes to mind… who’s in it? The American Vinyl All Star Band is composed of the iconic members from your favorite classic rock bands. This international dynamic line-up of musicians includes: Jeffery “Skunk” Baxter founding member of Steely Dan and guitarist from the Doobie Brothers, Skunk unquestionably is one of the rock/pop world’s most influential guitarist, having played on over 2500 recordings. Barry Goudreau, guitarist, formerly of the band Boston…. who’s first record is still the fasting selling debut album of all time. The melodic sounds of Leroy “LSR” Romans keyboardist of The Wailers and Third World, mold the driving rythyms of Robert “Mousey” Thompson drummer from the James Brown Band and Tim Archibald bass player from RTZ & Peter Wolf Band. Danny Beissel fronts this iconic roster of talent. This powerhouse comes together as The American Vinyl All Star Band to stake its’ claim in ROCK HISTORY!

Jeff “Skunk” Baxter – Lead Guitar/Vocals

Unquestionably one of the rock/pop world’s leading guitarists, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter also has a life story so unusual it recalls the title of Alton Delmore’s autobiography, “Truth is Stranger Than Publicity.” Born in Washington D.C., but raised partly in Mexico, a Connecticut prep school and, in the late 1960s, Boston, Baxter was delivering amps to a session when the guitarist didn’t arrive. He grabbed a guitar then and thus, at age 13, began a recording career that is still relevant today. After stints with Tim Buckley, The Holy Modal Rounders and Ultimate Spinach, in 1972 he attracted his first taste of fame as a founding member of Steely Dan, delivering scintillating and sizzling guitar licks to such legendary tracks as “Do It Again”, “My Old School” and “Rikki, Don’t Lose That Number”. He joined the Doobie Brothers in 1974, later bringing Michael McDonald to the band and helping that group craft such enduring treasures as “Takin’ It To The Streets”, “It Keeps You Runnin'” and “What A Fool Believes”. During the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s he continued his high level session work, contributing key guitar lines to projects by Ringo Starr, Joni Mitchell, Bryan Adams, Freddie Hubbard, John Cougar Mellencamp, Cher, Rod Stewart, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Julio Iglesias, Barbara Streisand, Gene Simmons, Carly Simon, Donna Summer, The Ventures and Edgar Winter and most recently on the Beach Boy’s 50th Anniversary album, “That’s Why God Made The Radio,” as well as producing albums for Carl Wilson, Nazareth and the Stray Cats while earning numerous Gold and Platinum albums and two Grammy Awards in the process.

Barry Goudreau – Lead Guitar/Vocals

Barry Goudreau developed an early interest in the guitar, starting lessons at age 11 with a borrowed acoustic guitar. By age 13 he was in his first band “The Tournadoes”. At 15 he joined a band with future “Boston” drummer Sib Hashian, often playing seven nights a week, seven sets a night in Boston’s infamous “Combat Zone.” In his first year at Boston University, he and a high school friend at MIT started a band that would be joined by guitarist/keyboard player Tom Scholz. With the addition of vocalist Brad Delp,“Mother’s Milk” began a series of demo tapes that would lead to a recording contract. With bassist Fran Sheehan on board, the band now called “Boston”, would go on to sell 17 million copies of its first record. Goudreau appeared on the first two “Boston” records and tours. He released a solo album called “Barry Goudreau” on Epic records, which included the single “Dreams” featuring Brad Delp on lead vocals. Goudreau left “Boston” and formed a new band, “Orion the Hunter” whose first release “So you Ran”, was featured on MTV and VH-1. They toured extensively, including an opening spot on tour with Aerosmith. Goudreau reconnected with singer Brad Delp in the 1990s in a band called RTZ. Both single releases for the record, “Face the Music” and “Until Your Love Comes Back Around” were featured on MTV and VH-1. The band toured extensively until Delp left to rejoin “Boston”. The duo worked together through the years until Brad’s death in 2007. Goudreau says of the Allstars, “This is a great group of guys who have become good friends, and it’s a great hang! They are some of the best musicians I have ever worked with. The group has done a series of shows for various charities. It’s a privilege to do good work with people you enjoy being with.”


Country Music Singer Jo Smith

Country singer Joanna Smith was raised in Georgia red clay country in Arlington, and after hearing the likes of Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, and the Judds as a child, she made it her aspiration to be a singer, entering every talent show she could and doing whatever it took to get on-stage and sing. At the age of 18, while attending Auburn University on a full scholarship and singing in an all-girl country band called Mustang Sally, she made the decision to go for her dream. Smith left college and the band and moved to Nashville, where she began writing and recording demos of her music, eventually signing a publishing deal with Big Borassa Music. Networking by day and playing music at night, she landed a pair of songs with Billy Ray Cyrus, one of which, “Flying By,” appeared on his 2007 album Home at Last. She signed a deal with Sony Music Nashville and began work on an album. Smith’s first single, “Gettin’ Married,” was released in 2010.

Named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Artists You Need To Know in 2017 and CMT’s Next Women of Country 2018— is a soulful and gritty songwriter from south Georgia, and she makes music that is an extension of herself. A passionate storyteller, Jo remains inspired by the countless hours she spent spinning her dad’s vast collection of vinyl records as a child growing up on her family’s cattle farm.


Soul Of A Legend

Formed in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks, this year marks the groups 21st Anniversary remembering the hero’s and victims of 9/11 while honoring musical legends “Gone Too Soon” with its multi-media stage production.

Co-founder and drummer Peter Hackel lost his sister Paige on American Flight #11.

“Peter and the band came along at a good time in my career, and over the years it has continued to gel and improve on every level” says the groups other co-founder James Montgomery. “The events of 9/11 plus our personal and musical history is the glue which holds us together on and off stage”

After years of performances for organizations such as The American Liver Foundation, Pitching In For Kids with Tim Wakefield & Jason Varitek, The American Heart Association’s Race for a Cure at The Hatch Shell, Boston plus a Boston Music Awards Nomination, the band found itself having to say goodbye to Montgomery as he set out to tour with the legendary Johnny Winter. That prompted the band to reach out to Danny Klein of J. Geils which led to the critically acclaimed follow-up group “Full House…Celebrating The Music of The J Geils Band ”.

Dozens of philanthropic shows later, in 2011 they reunited with James for the 10th Anniversary at the place where it all began…on Oct. 2, 2001 at Scullers in Boston. Since then, the group hasn’t looked back. “James inspired me at a very dark time to create something special” says Hackel. “Just by showing up, babies have been born, marriages forged, charities benefited and much more. Thus, our slogan “Turning Tragedy intoTriumph”. This is just what Paige would have wanted”.

The group now performs as “Soul Of a Legend…Celebrating Those Gone Too Soon” featuring only songs from iconic artists who perished at Paige’s age (45) or younger including; Freddy Mercury, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Elvis, Keith Moon, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lynard Synard, John Bonham, Duane Allman, Brian Jones, Terry Kath, Otis Redding, Mama Cass-Elliot, Buddy Holly, Amy Winehouse, Marvin Gaye and others. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Joey Molland of Badfinger, Charlie Huhn of Foghat, Ian Mitchell of The Bay City Rollers are just a few who have been featured on stage with SOAL and truth be told, you just never know who’s going to show up at a Soul of A Legend performance!

Band Bios:

~James Montgomery, Harmonica, Lead vocals, SOAL co-founder: His history as a Boston Legend and world wide ambassador to the blues says it all.

~Regi Hendrix, Guitar, lead vocals: Regi does the Hendrix family proud honoring his cousin Jimi. Regi also shows us he can do more than what just what the family has handed down by handling tributes to Marvin Gaye and others gone too soon.

~Hirsh Gardner: Lead vocals, percussion: Since his days as the drumming force and vocalist with Boston heroes “New England” with their top 40 hit “Never Wanna Loose Your” Hirsh has circled to globe headlining as well as in support of mega groups such as KISS, AC/DC, Journey and many others.

~John Sullivan, Lead vocals, Guitar: John was recruited at a young age to act as the music director, lead singer and front man for the critically acclaimed group The Choir. After many years of extensive touring, Jon joined forces with SOAL bandmate Peter Hackel to produce the popular group The Race. Jon has stood side by side on the big stage with too many to mention including Joe Cocker, Stephen Tyler, Joe Molland and others. Jon now leads his own group The John Sullivan Band.

~John Vanderpool: Sax, flute, vocals: Since graduating Berklee school of music John has become one of the most sough after horn players in New England. As co-founder of The Heavy Metal Horns, John recorded and toured the world with the likes of Extreme and others.

~Chris Nemitz: Keyboards, acoustic guitar, vocals: Self taught Chris started improvising on his family’s piano at age 3 which ultimately led to lessons at the New England Conservatory. Since then, Chris has played, recorded, engineered and produced with bands such as The Candles, Another Planet, Sun Jones & Way up South, Chris is considered one of the most in demand players in the New England area.

~Peter Hackel, Drums, SOAL co-founder: Peter is known as the bands glue on and off stage. After loosing his sister Paige Farley Hackel on 9/11 Peter was inspired to commit most of his musical endeavors to support military, police and first responder much like Paige who at age 45 was “Gone Too Soon”. Peter’s energetic drumming span 7 decades and has included collaborations with Steven Tyler, Charlie Huge (Foghat), Jon Butcher, Danny Klien (J. Geils Band), Ian Mitchell (Bay City Rollers), The Jon Buther Axis and has appeared on stage or in studio with some of these and many more.

~Allyn Dorr, Bass, vocals: Allyn is a seasoned player who has worked non-stop in groups in and around New England including the top Regge band of it’s day Loose Caboose. Allyn’s musical history like others in SOAL dates back decades which can be felt on stage as Allyn holds things down for all else to follow

~Joe Podlesney, Guitar: Joe is the iconic lead guitarist from the Western Mass band, Spirit n’ Flesh and is regarded and respected as one of the best technical players of his generation. Joe continues to record and perform with various groups as well as being the owner of an in demand recording facility.

~Christine Moser, Lead and backing vocals: For many years, Christine has been singing for several hard working bands here in New England and we are thrilled she is taking the time from now being a mom to lend her talents to SOAL.

~Tom Perez, Lead vocals: Tom is a true Rock and Roller given his 50 years of leading bands in the North Shore area of Boston. Most recently Tom fronts the popular band “The Instigators” recording and playing in and around the Boston area.

~Bill Rosenthal, Video technician: A SOAL production is not just about what you “hear” but also about what you “see”. This is where Billy’s many decades as a stage performer and keyboard player turned film score engineer, helps to create the magic which is the multimedia Billy behind SOAL.