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A Knight Out at The Ranch to support NFM football

March 27, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

A Friday night concert event at The Ranch in Fort Myers will help support the North Fort Myers High School football team.

The typically country music-themed night club will open its doors to those 14 and older for a fundraiser to feature three local bands.

The event will run from 6 to 10 p.m.

Signal III, a band featuring several members from Cape Coral Police Department and one from the Lee County Sheriff's Office, will be the highlight performance.

The band held practices leading up to the event at the Cape Coral Police Headquarters early this week for a photo op.

Signal III, which is police radio code for a hit-and-run, has only been performing live for a few months, debuting on New Year's Eve. The band does covers, from Prince to Lynyrd Skynrd.

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Michael Torregrossa, a 29-year veteran of the Cape Coral Police Department said the group started as an idea for a party for current and retired law enforcement officers in Cape Coral.

"I have known a few of these people as musicians from other bands. The idea was to get these guys together for a jam session, but the party was postponed," Torregrossa said. "We did a New Year's Eve party and they were received very well. After talking to the guys there was enough engagement where the guys decided to put the band together."

Torregrossa said the idea was to be a charity band and not a bar band. They agreed to get together several times a year to do events for charity and anywhere they can do public awareness, raise money, as long as it benefits the community.

Signal III will play two sets and be joined by singer/ songwriter Rob Brooks and local act New Asylum, who will perform first.

"We are an eclectic group that will play music from the '70s to today. They play Southern Rock, pop, even some country," Torregrossa said. "They will play a set for the teens and when they become open to the public, they will be do a second adult set."

Toregrossa said Signal III will play next at Cape Coral Bike Night on April 13.

Signal III is: SRO Walt Herman is on vocals, Chad Hartzell, from the motorcycle unit, Lt. Steve Barnes and LCSO deputy Tom Eberhardt are on guitar; Detective John Howes plays bass and "Mississippi Merle" plays drums.

The fundraiser will feature food and a cash bar, a 50-50 raffle and a silent and live auction.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. You can also get a VIP table for six for $600, and $1,000 for a group of 10. VIP tables include entry tickets, two drink tickets per person and a snack platter for the table.

Proceeds will benefit the North Fort Myers High School football team, which last season reached the regional finals, its best showing in years.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Anytime Fitness in Cape Coral on 2708 Santa Barbara Blvd. and at 2354 Surfside Blvd. or online at



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