Rock In Prevention's Pat McManus releases 9-11 Stand Tall America tribute

Thursday, January 10, 2002

Pat McManus, founder of Rock in Prevention, has written and recorded a new song, 9-11 Stand Tall America.

Rock In Prevention's Pat McManus wrote the song in response to the American tragedy September 11, and to unify Americans of all races, cultures, ethnicities and religions.

HyVee, the Title Sponsor of Rock in Prevention, is carrying the CD single in its stores statewide. The Iowa Broadcasters Association (IBA) is promoting the song to its member stations. Many Iowa radio stations are airing the song and local residents will remember McManus from his performance in area schools over several years.

The statewide Rock In prevention program trains local high school mentors who then teach younger elementary students how to refuse alcohol. tobacco and other drugs, life skills, violence prevention and character education. The Variety Club helped found Rock In Prevention in 1990 and the program has helped over 600,000 Iowans since inception.

RIP educates youth on healthy life choices. RIP teaches prevention as the answer - to tobacco and other drug experimentation and abuse and also prevention to acts of violence in our schools and communities. RIP's stated mission also is to develop character and values in Iowa youth. All proceeds will benefit the statewide Rock in prevention program.

RIP is submitting copies to several nationally syndicated shows throughout the country. RIP is currently completing a music video with assistance from KCCI Television and WOI Television in Des Moines. The video will be submitted to MTV and CMT.

Iowa musicians on the cut include Rick Maly, drums, Wade Krieg, bass and lead guitar, Jeff Kreyling 12 string guitar, Ron Kennebeck keyboards, and Pat McManus on the acoustic guitar and vocals.