The Red Bluff Union High School Performing Arts Center was packed Wednesday for Brady Cudmore's performance of Impact, a song inspired by three Tehama County Young Marines.
It's a national debut and a kick off for this song that will be performed at the Pentagon Friday morning, said Tehama County Young Marines Unit Commanding Officer John Minton.
Cudmore will be performing Impact at the Pentagon as a part of the ceremony during which Young Marines Sgt. Major Annie Bennett, SSgt. Carlin Bowles and Sgt. Debbie Ortiz will receive the Fulcrum Shield Award.
They deserve the credit because they did the work themselves, said Jon Bennett, Annie's father. Just like all the other parents, I'm proud of all of them.
Bennett said the Young Marines program has been good for Annie, who was always the shy and quiet type when she was younger.
The Fulcrum Shield is given to a military-based youth group that goes out as a unit and works on reducing drug use in the community, Bowles said.
Only five units, three Navy ROTC/Sea Cadet and two Young Marines programs, were even considered this year for the award, which requires at least one activity a month for a whole year.
The three Young Marines received the award for their year's work in Tehama County teaching classes, doing community outreach at places like the fair and talking to Assemblyman Jim Nielsen at the state Capitol about drug demand reduction, said Sgt. Mary Hurton.
It's about youth impacting other youth who may not have had the same positive influences we had being in the Young Marines and being a positive influence, Hurton said of the song
The song was co-written by Cudmore, a native of Prince Edward Island in Canada, and David Musial, an Emmy Award-winning songwriter and founder of the music and technology program at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.
Musial is the director of a positive message media company called Smart Trax, which has more than 30 recording artists, including Cudmore, who travel to schools all over the country to give positive music performances.
Brady was performing at Disney World for DARE and Young Marines Inspector General Joe Bles learned about it, Musial said.
When (Bles) heard about what these three amazing young girls were doing, he asked us to write a song for them.
The song was written using letters written by Bennett, Bowles and Ortiz.
We each gave a testimony of what we thought of drugs, alcohol and tobacco (to Musial and Cudmore) and they wrote it, Bennett said. That's what each of the three verses are about drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
Bennett said she is excited about going to receive the award, especially visiting the Pentagon, which will be a first for her, and blessed to have the opportunity.
Ortiz is nervous to be away from her mom so long, but said she is excited to receive the award Friday.
I'm really excited and a little nervous, Bowles said of the trip. It all happened so quickly.
Bowles said the whole process of working on the song with Musial and Cudmore has been cool.
The Young Marines originally wanted to have someone sing a song about drug demand reduction to make an impact on the community, which is how the idea for the song to be called impact came about, Bowles said.
If you didn't catch the words, that song has an extremely important message, Cudmore said Wednesday. It's just about reducing drugs, alcohol and tobacco use partnered with gang and violence resistance as well.
Cudmore also shared two personal songs, including Today is the Day written as a reflection of what he wished he could have said to a friend he lost a year ago to suicide.
When technical difficulties popped up, the 19-yearold kept plugging away as if nothing was wrong.
He's very talented and very gifted, said his father Timmy Cudmore in a phone interview. The music's always been in his head.
Cudmore said his son has been singing since he was young and, even as a child, his feet were always tapping along to the music in his head.
More information is available about Cudmore at www.bradycudmore.com.
Staff Writer Julie Zeeb can be reached at 527-2153, extension 115, or at email@example.com