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New Year’s video by popular band LONGREEF highlights Colonial Beach

The popular Australian rock band, LONGREEF, is releasing a new single designed to raise awareness about bullying and a video featuring children from Colonial Beach and several members of the Colonial Beach Police Department.

The hit band plays in Colonial Beach often at High Tides on the Potomac and the Black Pearl Tiki Bar. “It is kind of like our home away from home’” said lead singer Josh Barker. “We’ve been in Colonial Beach five times this year.”

Barker said the new single, “Battle Plan,” and the video will be released by the New Year. Fans who want to view the video or hear more about the new anti-bullying song can go to the band’s website: longreefmusic.com.
“I had the vision for an anti-bullying song sometime ago,” Barker said. “It is a serious problem.”

Barker and the band contacted Vickie and Bryan Coffman, the owners of High Tides, for help in producing the Colonial Beach portion of the video.  Other video segments were produced in Alabama, New York and Tennessee.

“They approached us,” Vickie Coffman said. “And we were glad to help. It is a big problem. Our granddaughter was bullied in school.”

The band from Sydney, Australia has been touring the United States for four years. In addition to Barker, who plays guitar as well as doing vocals, the band features Nick Miller on lead guitar, Jim Wark on bass and Tristan Davies on drums.

The rock band played in Australia at a tribute to the late famed Aussie animal expert and “Crocodile Man” Steve Irwin and has played to large crowds up and down Australia’s east coast. During the past four years, they have crisscrossed America from coast to coast.

“We love the USA,” said Barker, “There’s just so much opportunity and so many live venues here. And, we love Colonial Beach.”

Thanks to Barker and LONGREEF, more and more people will now be aware of the problem of bullying. As the video points out, one in three children are bullied during their lifetime and every seven minutes a child is bullied somewhere in the nation.

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