August 21, 2015 at 2:45pm

MU Student Musicians Honor Veterans

Trevor May

Millikin University undergraduate Trevor May, a senior commercial music major from Dundas, Ill., who is studying entrepreneurship in the entertainment/music business, is helping raise funds for veterans through a song and music video he helped record and produce called "The Veteran."

"The Veteran" was written by Bryan Dale Headley of Olney, Ill., in 2010. The song was inspired by two of his neighbors who served in World War II.

May was interested in recording the song and making a music video for wide release. May spearheaded the recording process and video production as part of a class project with Millikin classmates last spring semester.

"The project started as a class assignment for Dr. Dave Burdick (Millikin associate professor of music) and has surpassed any expectation I could have had," said May. "Throughout the project, my goal was to reach a younger generation with the purpose and meaning of the veteran."

"The Veteran" is now available for digital download from iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. The song can also be streamed through Spotify and Apple Music. Funds raised from the purchase of the single are being directly donated to the national American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations.

May says, "At times, veteran appreciation is lost and with this music video we have made progress to bringing it back."

The music video features May's version of the song along with scenes and pictures of local veterans.

"Bryan Dale Headley, writer of the song, was very willing to let my team of musicians and I run free with the musicality by using a very personal touch," said May. "I am blessed to be surrounded by musicians and educators who are willing to invest care into a project that is bigger than all of us."

Millikin student musicians involved with the project include: Hannah Leib (background vocals), a junior music business major from St. Louis, Mo.; Mandy Haack (background vocals), a junior music business major from North Judson, Ind.; Brandt Sitze (percussion), a senior commercial music major from Pawnee, Ill.; Kenny Waddell (bass), a senior commercial music major from Robinson, Ill; Kyle Johnson (keys), a junior music education – vocal major from Hanover Park, Ill.; Adam Wissman (electric guitar), a senior commercial music major from Pekin, Ill.; and Christian Wilkey (acoustic guitar), a senior music education – instrumental major from Savoy, Ill.   

Click here to watch "The Veteran" music video.