BHS Music Medics What's Happening
Laughter is Always the Best Medicine!!
Laughter was the right prescription for a fun-filled evening on January 11th, when The Nashville Music Medics hosted a virtual meeting which included The Miamians Music Medics, along with the Joyful Sound Music Medics quartet from Greensboro N.C.
The mics were wide open as 20 Medics shared their collective experiences as part of the Music Medics program. Along with the laughter, each group chatted about how they got started, what worked for them, what we could do better as a group, and what music to sing. Along with those discussions, videos were shared from Nashville’s and Miami’s virtual projects. Unofficial style points for the evening went to Chris Railey, and Randall Harner of the Miami Medics for the best mustaches.
It was agreed that COVID has really slowed our groups down by not being able to sing for the children at each of our local hospitals. All of us are looking forward to the day when we can return to put the smiles back on the children’s faces through our unique style of music. However, through it all, everyone agreed that singing with the Medics has richly blessed each and every man.
If you’re in a Music Medics group and want to join in our virtual meetings, please contact Wayne Jackson with the Nashville Music Medics at [email protected].
A Report from Marc Wolfson of the DC Music Medics
As you requested, here’s a report on my efforts to date that you are welcome to share at the Music Medics meeting.
After your first Music Medics meeting, I was inspired to see what I could do in the Washington, DC area. As the Vice President for Marketing and Public of the Singing Capital Chorus, the Washington, DC BHS chapter, it was up to me to get the ball rolling for my chapter. Like many other chapters, we have done numerous performances at nursing homes and assisted living facilities but we’ve never tried anything like the Music Medics program.
Here in Washington we have the National Children’s Hospital. Founded in 1870, this 323 bed pediatric acute care facility is one of the top children’s hospitals in the country. I started my research on the hospital’s website looking for programs or services that might support Music Medics. I discovered that since 1997, their Child Life Services has maintained a “clown care team”. These professional clowns are part of the Healthy Humor Red Nose Docs who are all trained to perform in a hospital setting. So I felt they would be receptive to a program like the Music Medics.
After sending emails to several points of contact that I found on their website, I finally found the right person on their staff! Dana is the hospital’s Performance Coordinator for Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services. She explained to me that while they currently could not allow Music Medics to visit patients and sing, there were several options that we could pursue. The hospital has the Seacrest Studio, a fully equipped TV and Radio Studio. Patients who are unable to leave their rooms can virtually interact with guests and celebrities who visit the studio.In our case children could call in to talk our Music Medics who would be able chat and joke with them and even target a song two to each caller while performing in the studio. The studio has a glass wall that looks out on the hospital’s atrium so that visitors and staff can also watch from there
In addition to the studio, Dana said they also could host us in their Healing Garden or hospital’s spacious outdoor lobby. The Healing Garden is located on the riff outside the third floor of the main hospital. This beautiful space includes a soothing water feature, a garden labyrinth plus a variety of trees, flowers and shrubs. In the interim, Dana also extended an invitation for us to send her videos of the chorus and our quartets virtual performances that she could air on their in house TV network.
So I think we have cracked open the door for the possibility of starting a Music Medics program here in DC. The next step is to present my findings to our chapter board and music director. With their approval, I hope move forward working with our music director to send Dana one of our virtual video performances. Then once we start our live rehearsals and feel ready to offer a public performance, I will contact Dana about scheduling an appearance at the hospital.
That’s my report. I look forward to hearing how some of the other chapters are doing with their efforts.
Yours in Harmony,