Guardian Jams

Guardian Jams consists of regionally based "Jam Chapters" across the country that individually providing community & peer-to-peer musical experiences that bring guardians together on a regular basis to play music, and build purposeful and meaningful relationships. Our goal is to have Guardian Jam Chapters in all 50 states by 2026.

  • Virginia Beach, VA

  • Beacon, NY

  • Billings, MT

Virginia Beach Chapter

The Virginia Beach (VB) jam chapter is currently managed and run by our lead musician and Guardian Encore program director, Matty Hansen. On average, this chapter hosts two jams per week at Red Crow Studios or another private venue. The VB jams focuses on playing original music, jamming to rock and blues, and playing covers. Almost every week, members of the VB chapter play at local open mic sessions both solo and as a band.

Matty Hansen is the lead musician at the VB jam chapter. Matty is a Navy veteran and comes from a family full of first responders and veterans. He grew up in Staten Island, NY, and has since traveled the country managing and playing drums in a touring band. He grew up listening to oldies and Motown and has since been dedicated to the art of Rock 'n' roll. His major musical influences are The Rolling Stones and The Pixies.

If you had only 2 albums to bring with you on a deserted island, what would they be?

  • Exile on Mainstreet - The Rolling Stones
  • Greatest Hits - Fleetwood Mac

What is your most memorable musical experience?

  • Going to see the Rolling Stones in Argentina

What are your notable accomplishments in music?

  • Managing and playing in a touring band. Planning, organizing and executing fundraising concerts for foundations that directly support veterans and their families.


No matter where you are in the country, if you are interested in starting or participating in Guardian Encore Jams, our team wants to hear from you. Be sure to fill out our contact form to receive more information about our jam chapters, what it takes to be a lead musician, and how you can get involved and participate in Jams.