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Piano Man Josh Christina & 'The Voice' Alum Kata Hay Headline Fire Benefit Concert

True firemen never die; their legacy burns eternal in the hearts of those they've saved, and their courage is carried on by the heroes that follow in their footsteps.

It is with that spirit that Baltimore bred, piano-wielding frontman Josh Christina announces the Chief Elwood Banister Memorial Foundation (CEBMF) and its July 31 Inaugural Benefit Concert.

In memory of his late grandfather Elwood "Woody" Banister, Christina will honor the Chief's 38-year career by donating all proceeds to Cockeysville and Upperco Volunteer Fire Companies.

"Fighting fires in any capacity is one of the sincerest displays of bravery," says Christina, "But doing it for free, volunteering to be a civil servant, that's humanity at its finest. Volunteer Firemen are unsung heroes, my grandfather knew that, and it's about time somebody sang for them."

Josh Christina's vision extends far beyond the July 31 celebration; CEBMF is in it for the long haul. The foundation's goal is to aid fire companies in fundraising, extend continuous financial support, and eventually offer scholarships to aspiring fire servicemen and women. Christina hopes to ignite a nationwide movement inspiring local communities to use the power of live music to fulfill the foundation's mission and allow Chief Banister's legacy to live on forever.

Tickets for the Inaugural Chief Elwood Banister Memorial Foundation Benefit Concert are on sale now at! Josh Christina and Kata Hay, former contestant on NBC's The Voice, will take the stage at Upperco Volunteer Fire Company on Saturday, July 31. For more information, visit


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