About Us

Our Purpose & Mission

The Military Tribute Concert is organized for the purpose to honor all who have served in the United States military through music, fellowship, and recognition as well as to support military members and their families through fundraising and community awareness. These purposes include but are not limited to:

  • Annually organize, publicize, and perform a major concert event, typically to be done at the Iowa State Fair, involving choir and orchestra
  • Organize smaller concerts/choirs at other events, such as the Camp Dodge Memorial Day event, Veterans Day events, Memorial Day events, and other opportunities that may arise throughout the remainder of the year
  • Organize smaller concerts/choirs at other events, such as the Camp Dodge Memorial Day event, Veterans Day events, Memorial Day events, and other opportunities that may arise throughout the remainder of the year
  • Sponsor, host, and/or participate in events and activities that promote the honoring of the U.S. Military

The Military Tribute Concert organization has been in existence since 2013, and was incorporated as a non-profit entity in 2015. We received 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service in March 2016.

Concerts & Community Services

Our primary event involves planning, organizing, and performing a concert at the Iowa State Fair. Beginning in 2013, the Military Tribute Concert has annually provided this free concert to the public, including all Veterans, on the Anne & Bill Riley stage during Veterans Day at the Iowa State Fair. The 2017 concert, which will be held on at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 14th, will be our 5th annual event. Last year’s concert had over 150 participants, including an adult choir, orchestra, and children’s choir, and we sang and played to an audience of approximately 2,500 people. The event also includes audience “sing-a-long” participation. All service members are recognized.

In addition to the state fair concert, the Military Tribute Concert has participated at the Iowa Gold Star Museum Memorial Day event at Camp Dodge, Veterans Day events, at Living History Farms in conjunction with the travelling Vietnam Memorial – “The Wall that Heals”, and sang Christmas carols at the VA Hospital in Des Moines.

An integral part of the Military Tribute Concert mission is to provide a “mission project” to benefit veterans. This currently consists of an annual hygiene drive. In 2016, concert participants and committee members provided 208 towel caddies to the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Each towel caddy consisted of four items, including shower gel, shampoo, handkerchiefs, aftershave and deodorant.

Financial Information

The Military Tribute Concert’s budget is approximately $8,000 per year, and is funded entirely by donations. All of the organizers and participants, including the music director, are volunteers and receive no compensation for their services. All funds raised are used to cover the operational costs needed for the concerts and service projects. These costs include music purchases, stage equipment rental, promotional materials, insurance, service project costs, and other miscellaneous costs to operate the organization.

A Note From Our Director

My name is Julie DenHerder and I am the Music Director for Military Tribute Concert. The Lord has laid it on my heart to provide an opportunity for musicians from across the state of Iowa to show their gratitude to our nation’s veterans by offering a concert in their honor at the Iowa State Fair. An open invitation will be sent to active duty military personnel, veterans, and families of the fallen heroes from the Global War on Terrorism. Our planning committee and I would like to invite you to be a part of this two-day event!

Concert details:

  • Choir (160 voices)
  • Full orchestra ranging from ages 13 and older (80 members)
  • Difficulty level: 3-4 moderate to moderately advanced
  • Children’s choir, ages 5-12 years of age.

An integral part of the Military Tribute Concert mission is to provide a “mission project” to benefit veterans. This currently consists of an annual hygiene drive. In 2016, concert participants and committee members provided 208 towel caddies to the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Each towel caddy consisted of four items, including shower gel, shampoo, handkerchiefs, aftershave and deodorant.

It is our hope to convey to Iowa’s veterans, as well as their families, how grateful we are for those who have served our country and are currently serving.

Our Goal: To Raise Awareness

232,000
combat veterans
in Iowa
14%
returning veterans
have PTSD
20%
have traumatic
brain injuries
50%
do not get
proper treatment

Our Volunteers

We're an all-volunteer organization. We're so grateful to all who give their time, talent, and treasure to honor and serve the military community. Here's why people have concert volunteer group.

  • I think that it is a great way to honor the service of all the men and women currently serving as well as those who have served in the past, including many who have lost their lives. I feel like honoring their sacrifice is a great way to encourage those they have left behind.

    K.L.
  • We are a military family and very proud of it. My husband is a retired SGM from the National Guard and I have two daughters presently serving. One is a CPT in the Air Force and the other is a 2nd LT in the Army flying Blackhawks. This is a wonderful way to give back and show my appreciation for their service!

    L.E.
  • This event came to my attention at the recommendation of a friend who has participated in this in years past. I thought it would be a fantastic way to get more involved in music and to give back to the community, especially former military members and their families.

    A.B.
  • My two daughters and I are involved; this is our third time for participating in the event. I believe in showing the veterans and those presently in the military what it means to us for them to give of their time and this is one way to show my appreciation.

    J.B.
  • My husband is in the Army National Guard as well as several others I've known. I have profound respect for what veterans and soldiers have done for our country.

    K.J.
  • I am blessed to serve 30 years in law enforcement, have family members who are active duty service and several family members who are retired service. God has given me a special gift of music and it is with gratitude and humility that I share this gift with others. I am honored to serve God and those who have given their all to keep us free and safe, those currently serving locally and across the globe.

    P.C.