Country Artist Ryan Weaver Set to Perform Halftime Show During Duke vs. Army College Football Game

Country Artist Ryan Weaver Set to Perform Halftime Show During Duke vs. Army College Football Game

Country Artist and Combat Veteran Ryan Weaver will Make History as the Duke Blue Devil's Kick Off their Season at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, NC on Friday, August 31

Country music artist and U.S. Army combat veteran Ryan Weaver is set to perform a special halftime show during the home opener for Duke University during the Duke Blue Devils vs. Army Black Knights NCAA football game tomorrowFriday, August 31 at Wallace Wade Stadium. Weaver's performance will be the first live act in history for a Duke University halftime show outside the university band or university-related music.
"I'm honored to be the first non-university live performance at a Duke University halftime show," said Ryan Weaver. "I love college football and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to perform my original music like 'That's What America Means to Me' where we've been lighting up arenas around the nation for our heroes."

Weaver is a high-energy, all-American, rockin' country music artist who proudly served as an active duty Black Hawk Aviator, Chief Warrant Officer 3, United States Army. His determination to succeed, because of the ultimate sacrifices by others, fuels his fire to accomplish his dreams in music.
Weaver recorded the first single of the album "Songs That Save Our Lives" with the West Point Military Academy's Benny Havens Band and the song was short-listed for a GRAMMY Award consideration. 
For their season opener, the Duke Blue Devils will face the Army Black Knights with featured special events to include a pregame ceremonial flyover with a Bandit Flight Team of CJ-6 and Yak-52 Aircrafts that will fly in formation. The Duke vs. Army football game will air on ESPNU on August 31, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Central Time. 
More About Ryan Weaver
Ryan Weaver began his music career in 2005 while still on active duty, playing the club and festival circuit throughout the southeast. His performances are known for their unique blend of high-octane original songs and rockin' cover material combined with a heartfelt message and genuine humor.
Weaver is the Patriotic Voice of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) for their Celebrate America campaign, debuting at the World Finals in November 2017the biggest global stage in professional bull ridingHis EP titled Celebrate America was released at that time. 
Weaver kicked off the PBR's 2018 25th Anniversary Tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City this past January. He also serves as the PBR's Celebrate America Campaign Ambassador, a season-long initiative that honors heroes, inspires youth and brings communities together. 
Ryan Weaver
Photo Credit: Manny Cabo
Weaver's personal story is like no other artist in country music today. Growing up with a family of eleven in a small town in Floral City, Florida, he joined the Army right after high school. After several years of working as a Military Intelligence Analyst, Ryan followed in the footsteps of both of his two older brothers, Steve and Aaron, by attending Warrant Officer Candidate School and flight school. He graduated top of his class in flight school, becoming a Black Hawk Aviator. In April 2003, he deployed to Baghdad International Airport in Iraq, and shortly afterward, one of his brothers, Aaron, was deployed just west of him in Fallujah.

In 2004, Aaron was killed in action when the Medivac helicopter he was a passenger in was shot down by enemy fire. In 2013, Ryan's brother-in-law, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy Billings, was laid to rest just one row away from Aaron Weaver after the Black Hawk helicopter he was piloting was shot down by an enemy ground-detonated explosive device. This second heartbreaking loss made the Weaver family a two-time Gold Star family. Ryan used his heartache as determination to succeed. Both of his brothers' ultimate sacrifices continue to fuel his fire to accomplish his dreams in music.   

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