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Trauma and Triumph: How Music Can Heal, Empower, and Inspire Change

By: Kristen Friend (Fowler) Photo Credit: Nina Yoshida Nelsen   Music serves many roles for people throughout their lives. For some, it’s a form of entertainment or escape. For others, it’s a purpose or a passion. Throughout my life, it … Continue reading

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Thyroidectomy and Horn Playing

By Stephanie Stetson, Los Angeles Musician It started as a routine doctor’s appointment. I don’t go very often, so it was a physical that probably hadn’t been done in years. “There are some lumps in your throat and you need … Continue reading

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A trumpeter’s recovery from Bell’s Palsy

By Mike Huff This is my first written documentation of my experience with Bell’s Palsy in 2003. Many have encouraged me to document my experiences, but for the longest time, while I was certainly progressing positively, I couldn’t say for … Continue reading

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My Struggle with Jaw, Neck, and Shoulder Pain

By Audrey Cupples Preparing for tour In 1995, I was getting ready to go on a Texas tour with “The President’s Own,” U.S. Marine Band. In preparation, we had rehearsals for three hours in the morning and 2 hours in … Continue reading

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Cancer Blows!

Ryan Anthony began playing the trumpet at age 7. Ryan has had a successful career as a trumpet soloist and clinician – soloing with major orchestras around the world; performing for several years with the Canadian Brass and now acting … Continue reading

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Accident Challenges Violinist to Re-Learn ‘Backwards’

By Vickie Yanics In 1982, my father-in-law had last-minute open heart surgery and my husband flew to Florida to be with him. Our yard was badly overgrown because of last-minute travels, so I went out to cut it. The mower kept becoming … Continue reading

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