Scooter Brown and Donnie Reis of War Hippies, a country music duo.

Feb 2, 2024

From the Nasdaq MarketSite Studio, Scooter Brown and Donnie Reis, the country music duo of War Hippies talk with New to The Street Leadership’s Co-hosts Matt Doherty and Jane King. Fans know them for authentic song lyrics, fantastic live shows, and a clothing lifestyle brand. Since the duo’s self-titled debut album during their 2022 “The Can’t Miss Tour,” War Hippies appears as #8 iTunes – Country Music, #30 iTunes – Chart All Genres, and has millions of views on streaming platforms. War Hippies’ fan base continues to grow. Scooter Brown and Donnie Reis are former U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army combat veterans. The band’s name came after Scooter had a ‘People” magazine interview with a published headline “Self-Proclaimed War Hippie….” In 2020, Scooter met Donnie, both of whom had musical experiences, and decided to start the band. Military service and training gave them leadership skills to bring into their music careers and lives. Military disciplines help them prepare and handle events as a musical duo, successfully growing War Hippies. Each is a 50/50 partner in all business decisions, and they manage operations through effective communications. Scooter and Donnie are proud of creating a musical culture and atmosphere in which everyone is a part of the business. The band hires family members, managers, booking agents, cinematographers, and a drummer, all contributing to War Hippies’ ongoing successes. Donnie says that the music industry is nothing like his military experience, which has regiments and chain of command. Relationships and performance outcomes are usually the driving business forces within the music industry. During military combat missions, the goal is to bring back everyone alive after a mission. Courage and training are a must for successful outcomes. In 2023, War Hippies performed at over 100 venues, played at rallies and received an endorsement from Harley Davidson Motorcycle. The duo looks to assist military families and fellow veterans and help children acquire musical instruments. War Hippies is a growing lifestyle brand with a clothing line, and they are looking into establishing coffee, beverages, and other product brands. Past military leadership experiences have helped Scooter and Donnie create a vibrant musical business culture in their songs and business operations. The duo will perform at many great venues throughout 2024; viewers can find concert dates and learn more about the band at, or scan the QR code during the show.

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