Modern Warrior

The story and sound of a combat veteran's journey

NARRATION: Staff Sergeant Jaymes Poling (82nd Airborne Division)

MUSIC: Dominick Farinacci

Modern Warrior is a theatre performance of Staff Sergeant Jaymes Poling's story surrounded by a suite of music written and performed by Dominick Farinacci. The synergy of real-life stories (narrated live by Sergeant Poling) and music creates an accessible and empathic platform for civilians to gain a deeper understanding of veterans, while providing an introspective journey for veterans themselves. 

Through this performance, our goals are to:

1. strengthen dialogue between veteran and civilian communities

2. combat social implications of the PTSD stigma

3.  explore pathways to post-traumatic growth

"Post-traumatic Growth: positive psychological change experienced as a result of adversity and other challenges in order to rise to a higher level of functioning."  

Thanks to our wonderful supporters, Phase One of Modern Warrior Production has been successfully funded via Kickstarter ($10,736 plus $10,000 in-kind), enabling Dominick and Jaymes to film a preview of their production. They are currently pursing funding for Phase Two, which will document the production in it's entirety.


About Jaymes Poling

Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 1.01.40 AM.png

Jaymes Poling grew up in Warren, Ohio and enlisted in the US Army at the age of 17. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina as an infantryman. During his eight years with the division, he spent 36 months fighting in Afghanistan across three separate tours.

Jaymes currently manages Veterans Affairs at John Carroll University, and spends time working to help veterans find their own peace after war. 



“A trumpeter of abundant poise.” – NY TIMES
“This kid is 360 degrees!” – QUINCY JONES

Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci has been recently credited the title Global Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center by Wynton Marsalis, working to further integrate jazz into communities around the world. He graduated from The Juilliard School in 2005 launching his career in Japan with a prolific run of eight albums, later releasing two more globally. He has performed in more than 120 cities in 14 countries around the world, was a featured guest on ABC’s Good Morning America, and is a TED Speaker. Music icon Quincy Jones says of Dominick’s accomplishments in performance, recording, education & advocacy, “This kid is 360 degrees!”

His most recent recording “Short Stories” is produced by Tommy LiPuma. This is Tommy & Dominick’s first collaboration, and was recorded in their hometown of Cleveland at the Tommy LiPuma Center for the Arts. “Short Stories” brings together popular songs from around the globe surrounded by some of the greatest artists in music, and was made possible in part by generous support from NOIA. It is scheduled for worldwide release in 2016.

In addition to touring around the world with his band, Dominick has been successful in his personal endeavors on bringing music into the community through Arts and Wellness & Education. He was invited by TED to be a TED Speaker at the 2014 TED MED conference at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He is a featured performer for the Cleveland Clinic in both Ohio and Abu Dhabi, and organized the very first jazz performance for patients in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic and the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation. For Dominick, music and health go hand in hand, most recently organizing panel discussions around patient-doctor communication through music with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

Dominick has been a leading advocate in music education development, most recently featured at the Community College Association of America in D.C. He served as Music Consultant to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, and initially launched a music education program at the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts in Cleveland, Ohio, which brought together 30+ international artists involving over 3,000 students. This successful initiative has since expanded to the GCC, in schools such as Weill Cornell Medical College, Qatar Music Academy, the American School of Doha among others.