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A concert for a hero
by Andrea Tyrell
Oct 31, 2013 | 1318 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michael Landsberry, pictured here with his widow, Sharon, will be honored at a benefit concert Nov. 1 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno.
Michael Landsberry, pictured here with his widow, Sharon, will be honored at a benefit concert Nov. 1 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno.
The Grand Sierra Resort will be hosting “A Hero Sung,” a benefit concert for the family of Michael Landsberry, the Sparks Middle School teacher who was killed in last week’s shooting. Local bands and musicians will pay tribute to Landsberry while proceeds from the benefit will be donated to his wife and two daughters.

The concert will be held Nov.1 in the Grand Theatre in the Grand Sierra Resort, at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets are a suggested $15 donation and are available at the door. Cash and checks will only be accepted. This show is all-ages.

The musical line-up includes heavy rock band, Lavish Green, and alternative hip-hop group, Knowledge Lives Forever, and a performance from the aerial acrobat and burlesque troupe, the Siren Society.

"Chari Smith (lead vocalist of Knowledge Lives Forever) was the brainchild of this and spearheaded the concert, putting everything in motion," said Mike Draper, CEO of Draper Strategies and Communications and one of the organizers of the event. "This idea was just hatched last week and it's all been coming together with such short notice. It's not brainer for us to whatever we can to help the family."

For this event, the Grand Sierra Resort is donating the Grant Theatre. Part of the sold beverage proceeds will be donated to the Landsberry family, as well.

"The more people that show up, the more money we can raise," said Draper. "One thing that this community has shown over the last couple of years is the ability to come together. Sgt. Landsbery was compassionate and selfless and the community should come out to support the sacrifice his made for his students."

The bands volunteering not only expect their fans to come out Friday night but also members of the Reno-Sparks community who haven't necessarily listened to their music before.

"This event not only raises badly-needed funds for Sergeant Landsberry’s family. It provides an opportunity to show the resolve and resiliency that our area has shown repeatedly in the face of devastating adversity," said Smith, a Landsberry family friend. “It’s essential that we heal as a community and celebrate the acts of heroism."

A memorial fund was created for the Landsberry through the Nevada Military Support Alliance (NMSA). Checks can made payable to the NMSA with "In Honor of Michael Landsberry" on the memo line and should be mailed to:

The Nevada Military Support Alliance

985 Damonte Ranch Parkway, Suite 310

Reno, NV 89521

Credit card and PayPal donations can be made through the Nevada Military Support Alliance website at

For more information about “A Hero Sung” benefit concert, call Mike Draper of Draper Strategies and Communications at (775) 303-3252.

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