Individuals who volunteer to serve in our country’s military or in the communities they live in are often motivated by a strong desire to help, protect and give back to others. Arizona State University honors all these men and women who put service above self in both their professional and personal lives. That is what our Salute to Service week is all about. Come celebrate with us and thank them for their sacrifices.
Salute to Service concert | Nov. 2, 2021
Teddy Swims | Headline performer
We appreciate our collaboration with Vet Tix in supporting our Salute to Service events!
After dedicating his life to music as a kid, Teddy Swims—a.k.a. Atlanta native Jaten Dimsdale—unassumingly knocked on the door of stardom and claimed the payoff of a decades-long grind in 2019. Broadcasting covers from a bedroom studio, he lit up the Internet with hundreds of millions of views and a following of over 4 million. That was just the first step though. Teddy fashioned a show-stopping signature style out of soaring soul, intimate R&B, rock energy, and hip-hop swagger all uplifted by his earthquaking vocals. Leaving tastemakers such as American Songwriter, Billboard, Flaunt, and Idolator and idols like Shania Twain speechless, Rolling Stone christened him a 2021 "Artist To Watch.” During this time, he went from singing covers of his favorite artists on YouTube to performing his own original music The Kelly Clarkson Show and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Teddy continues to spread his wings, unveiling his 2021 debut graphic novel, Teddy Swims: Swimmy and the Valley of the Last Song [Z2 Comics] and hitting the road with GRAMMY® Award-winning Zac Brown Band for a series of stadium gigs. In between, he released his 2021 debut EP Unlearning to critical acclaim. However, he only picks up the pace with the Tough Love EP in 2022 supported by his massive “Tough Love” World Tour.
Samara Cyn | Opening act
Samara Cyn has quickly deviated herself from the average up-and-comer with her magnetic energy and live performances. Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Cyn found her passion for music in Phoenix while attending Arizona State University. Now, after graduating in May 2021, she performs, records, and writes music across the city. She has shown incredible potential and growth in just a few years, best showcased by her neo-soul style on her recent EP “Vol.1 Tape2”. She has performed in several notable venues in Arizona, including Crescent Ballroom, Valley Bar (Downtown Phoenix), Arizona State University, Aura (Tempe), Solar Culture (Tucson) and more. Cyn aims to inspire and entertain her audience through lyrical storytelling and word play on classic styles with a modern spin.
Salute to Service concert event sponsored by Canon, ASU Alumni and ASU Alumni Veterans Chapter
Proud to highlight
Cliff Vellucci | retired Marine Corp
2012 graduate, education major
Cliff Vellucci joined the Marine Corps at 18 years old, and after 25 years of service and a successful career he retired in 2007 and began his transition to civilian life. The transition wasn’t as easy as Cliff anticipated and he decided he needed something more. Which is why he returned to higher education to earn an education degree at Arizona State University.
During his time in the Marine Corps, Cliff had a passion for teaching and mentoring. He felt like he could be a good influence on kids and could encourage them to see that “their future could be something more than maybe what they see at the time.”
Now, as an assistant principal in an elementary school in Phoenix, Cliff continues his lifelong commitment to serve his community and has empowered himself to be a difference maker, while pursuing his passion of working with kids.