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Two Fabulous Star-Studded Shows
At the Gary Morris/TAPS Celebrity Invitational

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Friday, June 20th - The Songwriter’s Show and Dinner Kick-off
Social hour/Cash bar 6:00, Dinner 7:00, Show 8:00
Red Lion Hotel (formerly Radisson Hotel SE), 3200 S Parker Rd., Aurora, CO 80014, 303-695-1700

Hosted by Gary Morris and stars some of the best songwriters from Nashville. Join Rob Crosby, Brett JonesBilly Montana and Greg Barnhill with special appearances by Jimmie Rodgers and Terry Cashman in an intimate setting, as they sing their songs and spin their tales about how they came to write their hits for such stars as Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Sara Evans, Montgomery Gentry, Martina McBride, Jo Dee Messina, Lee Ann Womack, Amy Grant and more.

Saturday, June 21st - The Saturday Night Concert, Dinner and Auction
Reception/Silent Auction - 5:30 pm, Dinner and Concert - 7:00 pm
Steve Grove’s Ranches at Cherry Creek, 6225 S Fraser St., Centennial, CO 80016
(Just NW of Parker Rd and Arapahoe Rd Intersection)

Attire: Western/Casual: Dinner and show will be in the indoor arena on a dustless sand floor. Sandals, heels and open shoes NOT recommended.

Includes a great prime rib dinner and some of the best talent in the country! The show will be headlined by Gary Morris, renowned singer and songwriter, who not only starred as Jean Val Jean in “Les Miserables” on Broadway, but also recorded many hits, including his Song of the Year, “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

Gary will be joined by one of a kind musician and funny man, Gary Mule Deer who has performed on every major concert stage in the country with over 350 television appearances, including over 50 on The Late Show with David Letterman. Also performing will be the Lawmen, the Jim Hyatt Band, Megan Burtt’s group, “The Cure for Love”… and who knows what other stars might show up! These tickets go fast and early reservations are suggested. A fun night not to be missed!

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Our Celebrities


Gary Morris
Singer, Songwriter and Event Host
Texas born vocalist and songwriter, Gary Morris, began his country music career in the early 1980's, producing twelve albums, sixteen Top 10 singles and five No. 1 hits, including Baby Bye Bye, 100% Chance of Rain and Leave Me Lonely. In 1984, his original rendition of Wind Beneath My Wings won both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Song of the Year Awards, following which he took a turn in Hollywood on The Colby's television series.

Later, his performance on Broadway in La Boheme with Linda Ronstadt, and as the first American to play Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, established his career as a powerful vocal artist and received critically acclaimed reviews. The full symphonic recording of Les Miserables is a platinum selling, Grammy Award-winning album and features Gary's now famous version of Bring Him Home. Gary currently owns and operates a hunting and fishing resort, Mountain Spirit Lodge, near Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

John Ashton
An award winning performer, John has appeared in over 100 stage, screen and television productions, but may be best known for his role as “Sergeant Taggart” in both Beverly Hill Cop I and II. Other credits include films such as Gone, Baby, Gone directed by Ben Affleck, Midnight Run, She’s Having a Baby, Instinct, Breaking Away, and soon to be released John also starred in his own NBC series Hardball, and appeared in hits such as Dallas, Judging Amy, and JAG.

Greg Barnhill
Songwriter, Performer, Producer
With dozens of hit songs, including Grammy nominated Walkaway Joe, Greg’s current single That Kinda Day by Sarah Buxton is climbing the charts. He has also written many TV themes including the Emmy nominated Today Show theme. Nicknamed “Mr. Christmas”, his album Christmas Gumbo has 14 new holiday classics. Greg’s talent is showcased on his songwriter album No Chaser, and just released a CD, Dinner Music with Greg Barnhill.

Peter Boyles
Radio and TV Talk Show Host
Currently hosting The Peter Boyle’s Show on KHOW radio and Colorado Inside Out Live, on KBDI PBS Channel 12, Peter has also been featured on ABC’s World News Tonight, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Court TV and Geraldo, and honored as “Colorado Media Person of the Year” and as one of “Colorado's 100 Most Influential Members of the Media”. 

John Capodice
With a long list of credits, John has appeared in over 100 film, TV and Broadway productions including “Everybody Hates Chris”, “The West Wing”, “Six Feet Under”,"Pizza with Bullets" National Lampoon’s “Cattle Call”, “Ace Venture: Pet Detective”,“Wall Street” and current recurring roles on CSI.

Tom Bower
Actor and Producer 
Tom is best known to audiences as “Marvin the Janitor” in “Die Hard II”; the “Drunken Pilot” in “Clear and Present Danger”; as the FBI Agent who came to Ashley Judd’s aid in “High Crimes”; and as “Cecil Skells” in “True Believer” and Richard Nixon’s father in Oliver Stone’s “Nixon” .  For the nostalgia buffs, Tom played Mary Ellen’s husband, Dr. Curtis Willard, in “The Waltons”; however, he has ventured into new genres namely the cult horror hit “The Hills Have Eyes” playing the gas station attendant (now on DVD), as the owner of Joe’s Bar, playing Joe in the popular si-fi series “Battlestar Galactica.
Pictures recently finished and soon to be released:
Appaloosa, directed by and staring Ed Harris, with Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Irons and Rene Zelwiger; Gospel Hill, directed by Giancarlo Esposito with Samuel L. Jackson, Danny Glover, Angela Bassett and Julia Stiles; Sessions, directed by Haim Bouzaglo, with Steven Bauer and Bar Refa'eli;   For Sale by Owner, directed by Bob Wilson, for Robert Duvall’s Butcher’s Run; Disconnected, directed by Zachery Adler (Cavalier Productions); Feel, directed by Matt Mahurin, (Feel The Film LLC).

Dan Caplis
Attorney, Legal Analyst, and Television & Radio Host
Co-hosts The Caplis and Silverman Show airing on radio stations 850 KOA and KTLK, Dan also appears frequently as a regular guest on network television talk shows, and as a legal analyst for NBC and Denver’s KCNC. He has practiced law as a civil trial lawyer for more than 20 years, and is currently senior partner in law firm of Caplis & Scipione, LLC. Very active in the Denver community, Dan and his wife, Aimee Sporer, former Emmy Award Winning anchor at KCNC, have two children.

Len Cariou
Broadway, TV and Film Actor
Winning a Tony Award for Sweeney Todd, he was also nominated for his roles in Applause and A Little Night Music. Len has performed and toured internationally, and also has many film credits such as Executive Decision, About Schmidt, Thirteen Days, Secret Window, Lady in White, One Man, and many more. Currently starring in The Brotherhood series, many will recognize Len for his recurring roles as “Michael Haggerty” on Murder She Wrote and “Sgt. Swift” on Swift Justice, and appearances in television shows and movies such as CSI, West Wing, The Practice, and Law & Order.

Terry Cashman
Songwriter, Producer, Performer
Starting out as lead singer for The Chevrons while playing for the Detroit Tigers, Terry is known for combining his musical talent with his love for baseball. Terry’s newest song, A Tattered Flag in the Breeze (Michael’s Song), memorializes the first baseball game played in New York after 9/11, and he is currently involved in a theatrical production, Passin’ It On, based on his many popular baseball songs like Talkin’ Baseball. Terry’s hits include a Number One hit for Spanky and Our Gang, Sunday Will Never Be The Same, Shannon, and American City Suite, and he produced all of Jim Croce’s records.

Robert Costanzo
Television and Film Actor
Recently appearing on the hit show Boston Legal, Bobby is a veteran character actor with roles in over 200 films, stage and TV shows. He played Joey’s father in both Friends and Joey and Dennis Franz’s nemesis in the first season of NYPD Blue. Some film credits include Fatso, Total Recall, Forget Paris, Honeymoon in Paris, and just released, In the Mix Alongside Usher and Chazz Palminteri.

Rob Crosby
Nashville Songwriter and Recording Artist
If you like country, then you have heard a song written by Rob Crosby! With three nationally released albums and eight chart singles, he has toured with the best. Hits include Concrete Angel, Holdin’ A Good Hand, She’s a Natural, She’s More, Love Will Bring Her Around, Burnin’ For You, and many more.

David Green
Broadway Actor and Singer
Appearing on Broadway in Annie, Evita, Teddy & Alice, and The Flowering Peach, David has also toured with productions of The Odd Couple, The Twentieth Century and Annie. Television credits include Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Practice, ER, Murphy Brown, Kate and Allie, and daytime dramas. David also has many off-Broadway and regional credits, and studio cast recordings and CDs.

Scott Hamilton 
World Renowned Skater

The Jim Hyatt Band
Award Winning Entertainers
Jim Hyatt, Bruce Nunemaker, Gary Street, Randy Ketelsen, Randy Pietro
Country, Vintage Rock & Roll, Bluegrass, Gospel…Offering music to suit any taste, The Jim Hyatt Band is a real crowd pleaser! The group just won an unprecedented five awards from the Nebraska Country Music Foundation including both Group of the Year and Entertainer of the Year honors, and Bruce Nunemaker was recently inducted into his home state’s Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Brett Jones
Nashville Songwriter
With over 40 recorded songs, including four #1 hits and many others reaching the top of the charts, Brett has also recorded two albums and toured with Little Texas, Andy Griggs and Tracy Byrd. Top hits include You Gotta Love That, Good Little Girls, Don’t Ask Me How I Know, Little Past Little Rock, and many more. Brett is currently focusing on his new publishing company Big Borassa.

The Lawmen
Musical comedy show group
Steve Phelps, Bo Cottrell, Eddie Johnson
For years one of Colorado's favorite show groups, The Lawmen have done recordings, TV and film appearances, as well as touring nationally. They currently perform exclusively for special events. They had a hit single called, Darn Good Country which was so popular that President Nixon invited the group to the White House.

Billy Montana
Nashville Songwriter and Recording Artist
Billy’s "Number 1" credits include Garth Brooks’ record-breaking single, “More Than A Memory”, Sara Evans’ smash “Suds in the Bucket”, and the Grammy-nominated “Bring On the Rain”, recorded by Jo Dee Messina. As a recording artist, his album No Yesterday was critically acclaimed in USA Today.

Brig. General, USAF, Ret. Steve Ritchie
Fighter Pilot ACE and Tournament Co-Chair
Having flown over 800 hours of combat during 339 missions, Brigadier General Steve Ritchie is one of the most decorated Air Force pilots in military history! An Air Force Academy graduate and football star, he is the only Air Force Pilot Ace in over 50 years! A true American hero, Steve currently serves on the TAPS National Board of Directors.
Jimmie Rodgers
50’ and 60’s recording star, Actor, Variety Show Host
With 14 Gold singles, 6 Gold albums, 3 Grammy nominations, some of Jimmie’s hits include “Honeycomb,” “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine,” “Oh, Oh, I’m Falling In Love Again.”, Jimmie has also appeared in movies, done TV variety shows, written commercial jingles and wrote and recorded the movie soundtrack for “The Long Hot Summer”.

Mike Rosen
Radio Talk Show Host and Columnist
Host of Denver’s most listened to radio talk show on 850 KOA, Mike is a regular ly featured political analyst in many Denver media venues and has appeared on Good Morning America, The Larry King Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, NPR and many others. He has guest hosted for Rush Limbaugh and published articles in the Wall Street Journal, National Review and Washington Times.

Jerry Sturm
Football Star
Former Denver Bronco and two-time Pro Bowler, with the Topps cards to prove it! After playing at the Univ. of Illinois, Jerry joined the Broncos and played here from 1961-1966. He was an AFL All-Star in 1964 and 1966, and later played six additional seasons in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, and Philadelphia Eagles. Making Denver their home, Jerry and his wife Deb support many local charity events.

Sonny Van Dusen
Currently touring with his one man stage play, The Memoirs of Abraham Lincoln, Sonny is also the voice of the new TAPS video. His extensive career includes roles in The Dresser with Len Cariou, the L.A. Production of “Golf with Alan Shepard with Jack Klugman, playing “Scar” in the L.A. production of the Lion King and TV roles in West Wing, E.R., Gilmore Girls, Enterprise, Judging Amy, The Young and the Restless…and many more.

Natalie Vickers
Sports Anchor
Jeff Wolf

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