Dodson Elementary School will honor veterans Nov. 7 with some help from singer-songwriter Tony Memmel and local Guitars for Vets chapter members.  

The concert will be at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. The concert will be free and open to the community.  

Audience members will be encouraged to write notes to veterans and active soldiers on post cards students made in art class. The post cards will be delivered to local veterans, friends and family of Dodson faculty members, and the remaining post cards will be sent to the organization, A Million Thanks, to be distributed to soldiers overseas.  

Students will introduce each song, telling the audience information about the music, as well as what they have learned about our military. Two representatives from the local Guitars for Vets chapter will perform a patriotic song on guitars. Fourth-grade students will perform patriotic songs; singing and playing classroom instruments.  Students will also sing along while Memmel performs some of his songs. 

The concert will conclude with the debut of “Silhouette of a Soldier.” It is a song that music teacher Tracy Roberts wrote with Memmel to honor soldiers.  

The concert is sponsored by Music Makes Us, the collective impact model that brings together Metro Nashville Public Schools, the mayor's office and the Nashville music community to provide meaningful support for music education in the district. 

To learn more about Memmel, visit, as well as his YouTube channel. To learn more about Guitars for Vets or to make donations, visit

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