Nashville Music Medics Stories of the Past

If you were wanting to check out where we've been, you came to the right place. Below you will find highlights of our past that were worth documenting and sharing with everyone. 


Then..and Now..With Our Patients

The Children's Hospital at TriStar Centennial and Vanderbilt

Most of the time when the Nashville Music Medics visit the patients at The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial, we never really hear what happens to these precious children after their stay. However, this is not the case during this hot July 2021. 

On December 18, 2019, The Nashville Music Medics,  were out singing on one of our Christmas visits to the “kiddos” and their families at The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial here in Nashville.  One of the recipients of our singing and smiling that day was young Cody, along with his Mom and Dad, Angela and Billy.  Cody wasn’t on our schedule for a visit that day, however one of our Medics, Sam English, had learned earlier that Cody was at the hospital, perhaps in the ED.  Cody and his family are community neighbors of Sam’s, where he had learned of Cody’s stay in the hospital on his neighborhood social media page. As you can see, we looked for and found Cody!! 

A poignant moment was shared by everyone during that December visit, when Cody and his parents were serenaded with ” Brahms Lullaby.”  Cody turned to his Mom and smiled.  She smiled. She melted. We all melted and “turned to mush.” 

Fast forward to July 2021, and you will see Cody having just celebrated his second birthday, where his Mom and Dad report he’s a rambunctious, and energetic two-year-old.  

 

We are also excited to introduce you to 8-month old Eve Amroun at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. We were invited   by her Dad, Karim Amroun, to sing for Eve after a serious operation.  Usually we never hear what happens to these precious children after   their stay, but we found out later how little Eve was doing and what we found was pretty miraculous. 

  After the Nashville Music Medics finished singing at one of their Christmas visits to the “kiddos” and their families at another children’s   hospital in Nashville in December, 2019, they stopped in to visit Eve. She was an alert and happy baby who was well on the road to   recovery after a liver transplant operation. Eve and her parents were very happy that we stopped in to sing, but the Nashville Music Medics   were very touched to learn recently that her older brother would often sing to her after she returned home to make Eve feel better.  Eve's     mom, Kate, also told us that Eve is an extraordinarily feisty little girl who has a big personality, and an even bigger appetite. 

  There’s no doubt that Eve has fully recovered, as you can see by the happy smile on her sweet face.  

 

 

Memories like this make it “Great to Be a Nashville Music Medic!”


Nashville Music Medics Bring Smiles to Centennial Children’s

 

We know it’s difficult to see, but behind those masks, the Nashville Music Medics and Child Life Specialist, Kelsey Bryant, are all smiles on our return to sing for the children at The Children’s Hospital at Tri-Star Centennial. 

On July 7, after many months of necessary absence, The Nashville Music Medics resumed their music ministry for seriously ill children and their families. They pulled on their scrubs, warmed-up their vocal chords, engaged their smiles, and brought plenty of happy sounds to their “kiddos” and the nursing staff.  Once again, the Medics proved they’re “Changing The World One Smile at a Time.”

If you have any questions about how to start a Music Medics program in your chapter contact Wayne Jackson, Nashville Music Medics, BHS rep. ([email protected])


Nashville Music Medics Are Getting on the Road Again!

 

“On the road again, just can’t wait to get on the road again. The life I love is making music with our friends, just can’t wait to get on the road again!”  That’s exactly what Willie Nelson sang and what the Nashville Music Medics did on 14 June, as we gathered for the first time since February 2020, in order to prepare for our return to sing for the children at Centennial Children’s Hospital in early July.

So that we can safely return to sing, there are several things the hospital has requested we do. First, we all must have had our flu shots, and our COVID vaccinations. Plus, we’re also required to “mask up” in order to sing for these precious children. These masks are specifically designed for singers, and cost $23.50. They can be ordered from broadwayreliefproject.com.

Please check with your local hospitals to see if they have any additional requirements before you return to sing. If you have any questions about how to start a Music Medics program in your chapter, contact Wayne Jackson, Nashville Music Medics, BHS rep. ([email protected].com) We’re the best of Friends, and our way is on the road again!

 


Nashville Music Medics Providing Smiles All Around

 

How much fun can the Nashville Music Medics have? At least this much during our warm-up session yesterday at The Children's Hospital at Tri-Star Centennial, when we were visited by Devin Bradford, BHS Community Development Manager.  Devin hung out with us while we performed for some very special patients.  We’ll let Devin tell you how much fun we have, especially after she saw the smiles on the children's faces. We're going to make Devin an honorary Music Medic.

The Nashville Music Medics serve as the community outreach program of The Music City Chorus, with a goal of bringing joy through our music to the children as well as their parents who are staying in the children's hospitals in and around Nashville. The Medics like to  think our music is therapeutic , providing the best possible medicine there is - a smile and a song.

This BHS sponsored program is designed to be an ongoing, permanent project, as well as being easy to manage. Music Medics is loads of fun and incredibly rewarding for many people on many levels. First and foremost, it’s great for the young patients and their parents. The last thing they expect is to see people walk into their hospital room in scrubs and start singing them a fun and uplifting song, when all they are experiencing is the drudgery of hospitalization.

This BHS sponsored program is open to any one whether you’re a member of BHS or not.

 


Nashville Music Medics Making New Friends

 

The Nashville Music Medics were out and about again making new friends at The Children’s Hospital at Tri-Star Centennial. Our first stop of the day found a young man who is familiar with our style of singing. When we asked why, he told us his bother sings with the Mammoth Cave Men in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, which is just up the road from Nashville’s Music City Chorus. You never know do you!

The Medics sang a few songs, told a few Dad Jokes, and even coaxed him to sing a tag. Our new friend promptly nailed the familiar lead post to “Behind.” We’re hoping he gets well soon so he can come on out and join the fun with us here in Nashville.  Believe it or not we were all smiles behind our masks. Once again, the Medics proved they’re “Changing The World One Smile at a Time.” Be sure to navigate to Nashville Music Medics Media to view the video as we sang to Brian.

If you have any questions about how to start a Music Medics program in your chapter contact Wayne Jackson, Nashville Music Medics, BHS rep. ([email protected])


                       

                    Music Medics Taken to Conducting School                                                               

You just never know what will happen when the Nashville Music Medics show up to visit their friends at TriStar Centennial Children's Hospital. While singing to our new friend, Tavian, he decided he was going to help us out by conducting one of our favorite songs, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”

Mr. Tavian has some serious skills, and we promised him that we’d try to do better the next time we see him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Music City Chorus “Music Medics” Leaves Them Smiling at Centennial Children’s Hospital

 

On Friday, 22 February, eight members of The Music City Chorus MUSIC MEDICS, brought smiles to the children staying in Centennial Children’s Hospital. With the help of the Children’s Staff Nurses and Child Life Specialist, Kelsey Bryant, The Medics were warmly greeted and thanked by each patient and their family. 

Our Medics made sure that each child was made to feel special and most importantly loved. What great fun to watch them smile when we told them we had a special song written just for them. The Medics ended their program with the familiar “You’ve Got A Friend in Me” from Toy Story. Lots of singing along by every one during that song. The day was full of emotion especially when we finished our singing in the Oncology Unit, where we sang to several little ladies who were 18 mos. and 2-years old. We were the ones with tears in our eyes as we were so impressed by their bravery.  

What better way to start your day than by bringing some joy to and by putting smiles on the faces of these wonderful children. We came away from the sing-out feeling uplifted by the joy we experienced just from singing a few happy songs. There’s no doubt that music has the power to bring joy and happiness to every one we meet.