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  • HarmonyTown Music Medics in the Community
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, Jun 27 2022

                                                                                           

     
    The HarmonyTown Barbershop Chorus Music Medics were out once again Sunday, June 26th at Trinity Health, St. Mary Mercy Hospital, Livonia, MI, providing the healing sound of song for patients and staff.
     
    BHS Music Medics remains grateful that Trinity Health continues to provide opportunities for these regular hospital visits by our Music Medics brothers in Michigan.

                                                                                       
  • BHS Music Medics- A Quarterly Update
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, Jun 24 2022


    BHS MusicMedics Minutes June 23



    The BHS Music Medics met virtually on 23 June for our quarterly meeting. Those in attendance included:

    Nashville Music Medics:  Wayne Jackson, Sam English
    Kanawha Kordsmen, West Va: Ron Williams
    Chorus of the Genesee, New York:  Becci Miller
    Big Chicken Chorus, Marietta, GA:  Frank Hrach
    Land of the Sky Chorus, Nashville NC:  Beverly Greene
    Trounce Island Music Medics QT, Victoria British Columbia, Canada: David Christmas


    Absent but there in Spirit:

    Joyful Sound Music Medics QT, Greensboro, NC: Charlie Terrell
    Singing Capital Chorus, Washington D.C: Marc Wolfson

    A lively discussion ensued as we did a quick whip around, having everyone in attendance tell the assembled Medics about their respective programs.

    Ron Williams reported the Kordsmen have begun weekly visits to their local children’s hospital. Those visits started about 2-weeks ago.

    Frank Hrach told us their local children’s hospital is still not allowing visitors. They’re still trying to pull things together. 

    Becci Miller explained her group has just started visiting the nearby VA hospital. The group itself has expanded to include singers from H.I. and her local Chamber choir.

    Bev Greene reported they have between 8-10 singers at every rehearseal. The group rehearses every other week. However, they’re not allowed into hospitals or the VA in the area. They have an additional 4 singers who are not registered with the Society.

    Wayne Jackson and Sam English provided a short update, mentioning that all of our reporting is sent out to everyone via our website.

    New Medic David Christmas, who arrived late, explained they’re having real difficulty getting into their hospitals due to the way the Canadian Medical system works. I told him try the local Asst. Living or Hospice facilities.

    Both Charles Terrell & Marc Wolfson submitted updates to me that will be included later in these notes.

    Additional discussion regarding best days to rehearse, repertoire and where else we can sing if we’re having problems getting into the hospitals. Wayne & Sam mentioned that NMM has been very successful in singing in the Asst. Living/Hospice facilities, but it takes a lot of commitment and leg work in order to make that happen. Becci noted their success at the VA.

    The hot topic of the evening was the update from Charlie regarding his news of the local children’s hospital’s recent decision to stop having his Medics come and sing. The group believed the best approach for Joyful Sound was to try the local Asst. Living/Hospice facilities, as well as a possible rebranding/marketing of the Joyful Sounds QT approach to the children. Wayne and Sam are trying to contact Charlie to see what the root problem is, and offer whatever help they can.


    From Singing Capital Chorus, Marc Wolfson:

    Wayne,

    Sorry I couldnt join you tonight. I was on my chapters monthly board meeting Zoom session at the same time as your meeting.

    Im happy to report that were making a little headway here in Washington, DC.
    Ive recently heard from the staff at the National Children’s Hospital. While they are still not allowing any performers inside the facility, they are starting to schedule musical performances in their rooftop healing garden. Im in the process of filing out the required paperwork for one of our quartets to get on the
    schedule.

    Ill let you know if and when this happens.
    Yours in Harmony,
    Marc


    From Joyful Sounds QT, Charlie Terrell:

    Dear Wayne and Music Medics colleagues,

    Greetings from Greensboro, NC, and our "blast furnace" weather!
    Unfortunately, I will not be able to join the Zoom Session tomorrow evening; I'm sure you'll enjoy catching up across the miles!
    I'm writing to request your "Group Wisdom" if you're willing to share your thoughts with me. Due to on-going hospital policies regarding COVID, our MM Quartet "Joyful Sounds" has not been able to return to sing in the Pediatrics Unit of our local hospital.
    I have asked often about this restriction and when/if it would change.  Last Friday I received a communication from the Recreation Therapist for the Unit.  She stated that she now does not feel "that this barbershop quartet program caters to the common interests of our pediatric population.”
    She wrote also that she "cannot add it back to our schedule on a regular basis at this time.” She concluded that we might be included "sometime in December for holiday music if we are able to provide such programs at that time.” As you might imagine, I am crushed by this news and attempting to sort out many feelings.

    Have any of your MM groups experienced this from your hospitals?  I'll be grateful for your replies.  I have reached out to the Guest Services Director to see if there are other areas of the hospital in which we could sing on a regular basis.

    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Blessings for all you do as Music Medics!


    We happily said our goodbyes around 8PM CST!


    N.B. Just spoke with Charlie Terrell about his situation. As I suspected the problem was the hospital and their Recreational Therapist and nothing that Charlie and the Joyful Sounds QT had done. No reason was ever given for stopping the relationship with the children. Charlie, as I already knew, was working the program exactly as the manual suggests, including the music. He is in contact with the Guest Services Director to see if there are any other places within the hospital where they might sing.   Additionally, Charlie will be putting in the time to get out and see what other venues are available where the Joyful Sounds QT could sing. 
    I’m fairly certain that Charlie and his crew will be successful at finding those places where they can spread the joy that only the Music Medics can.

    Respectfully Submitted:
    Wayne Jackson, BHS Music Medic Rep.
     

     
  • HarmonyTown's Music Medics are movin', shakin' and singing
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, Jun 3 2022


    HarmonyTown Barbershop Chorus Music Medics are out once again!
     
    What an afternoon for singing for the folks at Garden City Hospital with our Music Medics program! 
    Truly fun and rewarding.

    “My cheeks hurt from smiling” was a phrase heard more than once today and that makes it all worthwhile !!

     
  • Kanawha Kordsmen Medics are ready again
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, Jun 1 2022
    Kordsmen Music Medics Are Ready to Go


    The Kanawha Kordsmen Music Medics are getting ready to go back on the road on June 11. Currently they are rehearsing in preparation for their regular visits to the Charleston Women’s and Children’s Hospital.  During a recent volunteer luncheon at the hospital, the Kordmen Music Medics provided the entertainment for 200+ volunteers, showing them what the Music Medics program is all about. According to Ron Williams, “they were well received.”

    Of course, the highlight of the afternoon was the singing of Honey Little Lize. The Medics  “thrilled” one volunteer when the Medics inserted her name into the song.

    It’s Great to Be a BHS Music Medic!

     
  • Greetings from Trounce Alley Quartet, Victoria, BC, Canada
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, May 9 2022


    Our quartet, the Trounce Alley Quartet, had the pleasure of singing at one of our community senior centers on April 2nd this year.  We sang at The Mackie, an assisted seniors living center for active healthy seniors. We are located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  From you guys down there, it is about as Northwest as you can possible get.  LOL.  This lovely lady, Isabel McNair, turned 100 years old that day and we sang for her and her extended family.

    Quartet members are, from left to right, Allan Jacques on baritone, me on bass, Paul DeGagne singing the lead, and Bob Doak on tenor.


    David Christmas
    Trounce Alley Quartet - Bass
    South Island Harmony Chorus - Bass Section Leader
    Victoria BHS Music Medics
    http://trouncealleyquartet.com

     
  • Harmony Town Music Medics back in St. Mary's Mercy
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, May 3 2022


    From our good friends in Harmony Town Music Medics

    They are back out there singing loud and proud, bringing joy to everyone they meet.
    Well done, guys!




    HarmonyTown Barbershop Chorus with Terry D. Crouson and Paul Woodin, Doug Groh, Mark Pritchard, Allen Holmes and Bob Schuessler.
    Our Music Medics were out at St. Mary’s again today! 
    It brings us such joy to share songs and smiles with folks.
    And a couple of our singers were first time participants. Good stuff!  BHS Music Medics, St. Mary Mercy, Livonia, MI

                   

     
  • Harmony Town Music Medics Reaching out in 2022
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, Apr 13 2022





    Harmony Town Music Medics Reaching Out in 2022


    Our Music Medics Brothers from the Harmony Town Chorus, Wayne, Michigan, have recently completed two video projects that include a selection of songs they sing for the children, as well as songs when reaching out to adults during their Music Medic visits. These videos also have a selection of punny jokes delivered “live” by various Medics, and feature an adorable little girl introducing the different songs in the children’s video. To get a look at the project, we’ve included some teasing video captures. If interested in receiving a copy of the project or for more information please contact Eddie Tabb at Vivalaeddie6@gmail.com or marketing@wesingbarbershop.com. 
    Eddie may also be reached at 248-792-1911.

                                                                                     

                                                                                 
  • The Joyful Sounds Music Medics Quartet spreads some Christmas Cheer
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, Mar 10 2022


    Joyful Sounds Music Medics Spread Christmas Cheer


    The Joyful Sounds Music Medics Quartet, from the Greensboro Tarheel Chorus, was able to spread some Christmas cheer on 16 & 17 December 2021 at the Moses Cone Hospital, Greensboro, N.C. We sang indoors, in-person, masked, and distanced, performing in the cafeteria, and The Atrium. 

    The Moses Cone Volunteer Services invited Joyful Sounds to sing. It’s important to know that we were the only vocal group given that opportunity, because we are fully vetted hospital volunteers. Joyful Sounds sang to support hospital employees and visitors, most of whom were doing "grab-and-go" lunches; although they did have a few stay in place and listen to the sets.

    This was an awesome unexpected opportunity, especially since the Pediatrics Unit visitation restrictions continue to prohibit singing there. Joyful Sounds sang for 30 minutes each day, using their Christmas and Children’s repertoire music.




     
  • The Harmony Town Music Medics are Back in Business
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, Mar 5 2022



    HarmonyTown Music Medics Are Back In Business!
     
    November saw the men of the HarmonyTown Chorus Music Medics kick their Music Medics program back into business!  Donning our scrubs and stethoscopes, we serenaded the patients at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, in Livonia, Michigan, on Sunday the 7th and 14th of November.  Armed with masks and Covid Vaccine proofs, HarmonyTown had 10 different men participate, and although St. Mary’s doesn’t have a pediatric ward, they were still able to use many of the program songs to spread cheer among the patients. The warm reactions and support toYouve Got a Friend in Me” and Zippity Doo Dah” were outstanding.  St. Mary’s HR specialist, Cyndi Niva, guided the Medics around the hospital for nearly two hours each time they performed. To say it was rewarding would be an understatement!  

    The HarmonyTown Music Medics are also encouraged by Beaumont Children’s Hospital’s willingness to stay in touch, even though they are not ready for in-person visits. Beaumont has promised to keep the Medics on the hospital’s radar for a time when the Medics can bring their “musical medicine”  back to the children, as soon as the Medics are given the green light.  

    As The HarmonyTown Music Medics approach 2022, they’re hopeful their chapter program will reach its full potential! There’s only one thing left to say,

    It’s Great to Be a HarmonyTown Chorus Music Medic! 
     
  • BHS Music Medics gather virtually in October 2021
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, Mar 5 2022
    BHS Music Medics meeting 8 October 2021

    Attendees:
    Attendees:
    Kanawha Kordsmen, Charleston, WV - Ron Williams
    Chorus of the Genesee, Rochester, NY - Becci Miller
    The Miamian’s, Miami FL. - Ernie de la Fe
    Harmony Town Chorus, Wayne, MI - Mark Pritchard
    Nashville Music Medics, Nashville, TN - Kirk Jordan, Tony Ivey, Wayne Jackson, Chuck Hamilton, Sam English
    Southern Gateway Chorus, Cincinnati OH. - Bayard Pelsor



    Everyone was given the opportunity to share the activity going on in their district/area. This provided for a lively discussion with a great exchange of ideas

    Our host, Wayne Jackson, mentioned and other participants echoed the need to keep some Music Medics activity going (talking with hospitals, finding potential members, singing and rehearsing) during this pause before we can all get back and sing in the hospitals.

    Newsletter - most considered a monthly newsletter posted on the BHS site might be a good idea. Articles should be easy to put together once we all get singing again. Further discussion may very well be undertaken.

    Becci Miller, Rochester, NY shared that they have put together a library of 25 songs, including BAre NEcessities and Can't Stop the Feeling, which includes standard BBS but also more relatable songs for the kids (as well as the members). They are keeping their name "out there" by doing holiday mall gigs.  Great idea!
     
  • Harmony Town Music Medics Learn about the Music Medics Program
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, Mar 4 2022
    An activity report from the Harmony Town Music Medics:

    HarmonyTown Men ready to show young patients “You’ve Got a Friend in Us”!

    In March of 2021, the Wayne, Michigan Chapter, The Harmony Town Chorus, learned of a wonderful new BHS program, “Music Medics”. Its purpose was to provide singing for children (with collateral singing for anyone, of course!) in hospitals. We embraced the challenge of implementing this program with the enthusiastic involvement of all our chapter’s members. With plans to tailor our repertoire, provide uniforms, and establish contacts with several local hospitals, our group is readying itself for the moment when hospitals can accommodate our singers in their facilities. With our group now fully vaccinated, and expressing complete willingness to adhere to hospital protocols, we are optimistic that we will be able to impact lives with the joy of our 4-part harmony singing. We’ve also indicated willingness to provide virtual programs for broadcast in hospitals, as feasible, or desired. Recent encouraging communications from one of the hospitals we’ve contacted give us real hope that, by Fall, we’ll be making our first in-hospital appearance. We’re excited at this wonderful opportunity to share our music and to bring some cheer to those that often need it the most!

    To contact HarmonyTown Chorus to start this program in your children's hospital, please contact: 
    Call | 734-743-1SNG (1764) and ask for Eddie
    Texts | 248-792-1911
    Email | 
    marketing@wesingbarbershop.com

    Website link:  http://www.wesingbarbershop.com/musicmedics

     
  • Nashville Music Medics host a virtual Music Medics meeting 11 Jan 2021
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, Mar 3 2022
     
                                                Laughter is Always the Best Medicine!!

                Laughter was the right prescription for a fun-filled evening on January 11, 2021, 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 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 any future virtual meetings, please contact Wayne Jackson with the Nashville Music Medics at gwjacks@tds.net.
     
  • How It All Began
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, Mar 1 2022
    It was that Saturday Night Show at the 2018 Orlando International, where many Barbershoppers watched a video about the BHS Music Medics program. The inspirational work a group of singers from the Miamians were doing through their singing to the children in the local Children’s Hospitals got all of this started.  It continues to grow through the combined efforts of many around the country and now there are eleven organized Music Medics groups in the US and Canada.  
    YouTube Video URL: