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He Works With Military Veteran Students at Gateway and Will Rock for Them in Florence

Gateway Community and Technical College has teamed up with the Florence Freedom for an event that honors students who are military veterans. Gateway Vets at the Ballpark is scheduled for May 21 and the college will provide free tickets to the veteran students for an evening of baseball and music.

Daniel Ridley is the Veteran's Career Mapping Specialist at Gateway and also plays in the band The DoppleGangsters which is scheduled to perform at the special event at UC Health Stadium in Florence. This is the third consecutive year the event has been organized but will be the first DoppleGangsters show at the ballpark.

“We have a commercial package with the Florence Freedom where we get tickets to every home game that our veteran students can get for free and then we have one night where we get 100 tickets to give to our veteran students and we call it Gateway Vets Night at the Ball Park,” Ridley said.

Ridley will also sing the National Anthem before the game. The band plays a variety of cover songs that appeal to a broad audience.

“We do covers from 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's, and 10's,” said Ridley. “We're pretty fun if I do say so myself. We do a lot of great songs and nothing really obscure. We do songs that everyone seems to enjoy.”

In additional to singing, Ridley plays lead guitar, piano and lead and co-vocals.

“In this band, I actually play a little bit of drums, too. At the end of our show, we kind of do a little fun thing where we're both playing on his drum set,” he said.

For those interested in seeing the DoppleGangsters sooner than the Gateway Vets Night at the Ballpark, they are slated to play at JerZees in Newport on the patio on Friday, May 8 at 9:00 p.m.

The Freedom are also partnering with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College and Jim Beam for military appreciation night on July 5 at UC Health Stadium. The Freedom will wear special camouflage uniforms that will be silently auctioned during the game. Proceeds will go toward organizations that benefit support for our service men and women. Military veterans and their families will be admitted for free.

-Bryan Burke, associate editor