Ajax Meets the Marines

What an honor to have the 1st Marine Division Band perform “Hop To It!” as part of their annual concert series! SSgt. Alexander Panos, Marine Musician of the Year (2015), conducted his own arrangement of Sarah’s original composition.

Officers of the 1st Marine Division Band presented Sarah and Hannah with a commemorative framed score of “Hop To It!”.

Thanks to SSgt. Panos and CWO3 Stephanie Wire for two memorable evenings.

     

And thanks to our new patrons for their support!

For more coverage of the event, please check out our Twitter page and be sure to watch the video of these exceptional Marine musicians.

Ajax in Concert

We are delighted to announce that the 1st Marine Division Band will be performing the Ajax Bound for Glory theme song “Hop To It!” as part of their upcoming concert series, April 4th and 5th at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Bring the whole family along for an uplifting, toe-tapping evening of music – you’ll see why these Marine musicians were our inspiration for Ajax!

Admission is free, though tickets are required (and going fast!) Please visit http://artcenter.org/event/marine-band/2017-04-04/ for more information.

We hope to see you there!

Humor by Hannah

“All musicians have had one: a bad day of practice, where nothing goes right and you just can’t get the notes out. Have you ever wondered why? Simple–the note was stuck!”

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Official Book Launch

“We really enjoyed Ajax Bound for Glory–such a great story for children. Thank you for reading it at your event. Jacob enjoyed it!” 
The D. Family

“Dear Ajax! You are a star bound for a huge following!”
Judy S.

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Heart-felt thanks to all who came out for the book party on Saturday! We were delighted to have your company as we celebrated our publication. There is yet much in store for Ajax, and we will, as he likes to say, “Hop to it!”

If you have photos from the event, please share them on social media!

Never Forget

statue_9-11Fifteen years ago seems like just yesterday, when the horrific news of September 11th invaded our home on that quiet Tuesday morning. Young enough that we had not been aware of “terrorism”, and yet old enough to own the sense of violation, it was as if we ourselves had been attacked. Those images will forever be seared in our minds.

In the years following 9/11, as many of our peers were being deployed and sacrificing life and limb—on our behalf—our young patriotic spirits burned with the question, “What can we do?”

Fifteen years later, we are about to answer that question. Now two months out from publication, never would we have imagined that a children’s book would be our humble tribute to this generation of Americans answering the call of duty. In a sense, it wasn’t our own idea; another Author placed it on our hearts.

We write for the children of our peers who have paid the price for freedom. Some of those children will never know the parent who made the ultimate sacrifice. For others families, years of adjustment are ahead as they heal from the wounds of war.

But we also write for the many children who are not faced with the sober realities of military life. We want to inspire patriotism in them, to impress upon these children that there is indeed a cost attached to freedom, and show how we can honor those who have paid it.

Never forget.

Sarah E. Dautel
on behalf of Team Ajax

Photo credit: National Park Service

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