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  • Our "Gracie Moment" : Singing gone to the dog
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Mar 10 2023

    Nashville Music Medics Once Again Sharing at AliveHospice Residential Facility-Our Singing Gone to The Dog

    Six of us comprised the Nashville Music Medics contingent that paid our bi-weekly visit to AliveHospice on March 8, 2023. However, none of us (Erik, Mike, Paul, Sam, Kirk and Chuck) expected we would have an anonymous tenor sing-a-long participant in one of our first patient/family visits.

    We have frequently reported that we never know what to expect, nor what impact might be shared with families, patients and those of us making the visit.  As we were sharing our “Name Song”( aka “Honey Little Lize”)  for one of our first patients and her sons,  we heard a not-so-muffled Bb obligato drone tone coming from the floor area to our left; it stopped momentarily but then resumed again with vigorous enthusiasm. We soon discovered it was “Gracie”, the Chihuahua, from the comfort of her crate!  Gracie was removed from her crate to the comfort of a lap while we finished the song (albeit along with Gracie’s tenor Bb!)  We will likely consider this “Gracie Moment” one of those memorable happy occasions.  It must have been the tempo and enthusiasm of the song; Gracie had no interest in singing along with the next two songs we shared.
         It’s Great to Be a Nashville Music Medic.

  •  Date Posted: Sun, Feb 19 2023
    DOUG IS BACK ! ! ! !

    On February 14, 2023 No Green Bananas was privileged to present Singing Valentines to Dr. V. Seenu Reddy, his gathered staff and associates at TriStar Centennial Medical Center on behalf of our Lead singer, Doug Wooten.


    No Green Bananas
     quartet members are also regular singers with Nashville Music Medics. (

    On January 10, 2023 Doug underwent triple by-pass surgery by Dr. Reddy, Tri-Star Cardiovascular Surgery. Nashville Music Medics were at Tri-Star Centennial Childrens Hospital on January 11, 2023, presenting our customary bi-weekly outreach to the children and families, under the guidance of the staff of the Centennial Certified Child Life Specialists.  At the same time, Doug was in resting in Cardiac SICU less than 24 hours post-op.  After securing approval from the ICU staff and Doug's family we made our way to sing for Doug.  On February 14th,Valentines Day, Doug sang in great voice and renewed health in a full day of Singing Valentines deliveries with his quartet (and guest bass, Paul Wietlisbach), including a stop at Tri-Star Centennial as a gesture of sincere thanks and great appreciation for the personal care and professional expertise to put him back on his feet in full voice!

    No Green Bananas was one of three quartets who participated in the annual Singing Valentines promotion sponsored by the Music City Chorus in Nashville, TN.
    Two of the Valentines songs sung for Dr. Reddy and his staff were Sweet and Lovely and The Tonya Song.


    We invite you to take a moment to share the joy we experienced with Doug, No Green Bananas, and Dr. Reddy's staff and colleagues. Sweet and Lovely  The Tonya Song

    Sam English
    on behalf of No Green Bananas and Nashville Music Medics

  • Elevator Fun & Ironman Medic
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Jan 31 2023
    Elevator Fun With Chloe and Medics IronMan Doug Returns

    The Nashville Music Medics made a new friend during their January 25th visit, when they were introduced to Miss Chloe, while making the ‘rounds at The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial.  This turned out to be a special treat for Chloe as she isn’t usually assigned to Centennial on Wednesdays. She was so excited to get to hear us and was very appreciative of the work we do in support of the children. Of course, we had to take the obligatory picture with her and wished her well and much success while finishing her schooling.

    What was even more exciting than making a new friend, was the return of our Music Medic IronMan, Doug Wooten. Just two short weeks after his January 10th by-pass surgery, he returned to the fold to sing with us. We were simply amazed at how great he looked and of course how well he was able to sing….was there ever a doubt ?

  • In Memory of David Leslie Thomas
  •  Date Posted: Sun, Jan 29 2023
                                                                           "This is Why We Sing" 

    In Memory of   

                                                                            David Leslie Thomas

                                                             February 23, 1959 – January 25, 2023

    In June 2022, we (the Nashville Music Medics) expanded our charitable outreach mission by singing in one of the Nashville hospice residences. Our goal at the hospice is the same as when we sing for the children:  to bring joy and comfort through our music for them and their families. Our mission is simple – to provide the wonderful and powerful medicine of a smile and a song.

    The first time we met David was during our holiday visit to ALIVE Hospice on December 21, 2022, when we sang Christmas Carols with the residents and their families.

    On January 11th, we once again stopped in to see David. [ "Nashville Music Medics Go to Music School" ]This time he was so engaging that he joined in to sing with us and taught us a few things about our craft. We enjoyed his company so much that we took some extra time to teach him a barbershop “tag.” We learned that David was no stranger to performing as he talked about some of his past performances. Needless to say, we were very impressed and encouraged. 

    We last visited David on January 25, 2023, when we sang two new songs that we knew he would want to hear. Sadly, by that time his health had declined so significantly that he was unresponsive.

    The Medics were crushed to learn of his passing later that evening.  David left a profound mark on all of us as several of the Medics had grown close with him over the last several weeks, and several made the following remarks when they learned the news of his passing:

                James Russell: “My song-writing buddy and I were truly blessed by David one Saturday morning as we were playing and singing songs together in room 173. He touched our lives—along with so many others. We are saddened by his death. He was a gifted and inspiring musician with a great sense of humor who loved to entertain with his music.”

                Bill Munn:“Very sobering that someone this alive and talented can be gone so quickly. I did see him move a couple times as we were singing yesterday, so I know he heard us.” 

                Wayne Jackson: “Our good friend and musical brother David has left us. As a body of musicians, we were truly inspired and touched by the time we spent with him. He meant a great deal to us.Knowing a little about his background, I believe the recent song he wrote was one of hope.”

                Dick Percy: “I was so moved to listen and watch David perform there in his hospice room.  The visits we had with David were so inspirational.  We always had trouble leaving the room - just one more song!  I am so fortunate to have crossed paths with David even for just a brief time.  A talented young man who left this earth too soon.”        

                Marty Monson: “I remember singing for him before the holidays, and he had his guitar in the room.  He sang along and loved our harmony...I think we sang a few extra songs too! “

                Sam English: “Crushed!  I remain so touched by David that the Nashville Music Medics were among the last folks to visit him on January 25.”

    Sam had grown particularly close to David, so much so that David reached out to Sam with the new song he wrote, “When We Meet Again,” so we could arrange the song in four-part harmony Barbershop style.  David did a personal video recording for Sam from his hospice room on January 20thSam said “I will forever cherish that Facebook moment with David.  David was so willing to talk with me about the onset of his disease, but before we could talk much about that opportunity, his health deteriorated… and regrettably I missed that moment.”

    Clearly, when we sing for the precious children and their families, and our Hospice friends, we firmly believe that the Lord’s hand is upon us, blessing this ministry that we share. That feeling was never more evident than the last time we sang for David.  Our mission is truly a mission of mercy and love.

    This is Why We Sing.

    Rest easy, Brother David

    With kind permission from ALIVE Hospice, we share David’s last offering of hope and joy which was published by Alive Hospice the day before he peacefully passed.

    Wayne Jackson, Sam English, for Nashville Music Medics
    January 27, 2023

  • Nashville Music Medics go to music school
  •  Date Posted: Sat, Jan 14 2023

    Nashville Music Medics Go to Music School

    It’s not everyday the Nashville Music Medics run across a resident who joins right in to sing along, and who can also teach us a few things about how to sing. But, that’s what happened during our 11 January visit to ALIVE Hospice.  After receiving a warm greeting from Lynn, the Volunteer Coordinator, we set off to bring some comfort to the residents and their loved ones.

    During our first visit of the day we met "Rick" [not his given name at birth], who was so engaging, that he joined in to sing with us, as well as teaching us a few things about our craft. Co-incidentally he did have his guitar and a keyboard in the room. "Close the door, so I can sing"..Rick.  We enjoyed his company so much that we took some extra time to teach him a Barbershop “tag.” He of course was note and pitch perfect.  We quickly learned "Rick" was no stranger to performing. He talked about some of his past musical exploits and needless to say, we were well impressed. 

    On our way to our next visit, we wished 'Rick" well, and hoped to see him again. The Nashville Music Medics aways look forward to their next visit, because, you just never know who you’ll meet along the way…..

  • The Medics Sing for one of our Own
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Jan 13 2023
    The Medics Sing For One of Our Own

    During our most recent visit to The Children’s Hospital @TriStar Centennial on Wednesday, 11 January, the Medics made two new friends as well as having the privilege of singing for one of our own. Upon arrival, the Nashville Music Medics were met by our new friend Tanika Torres, Director of Pediatrics, who along with Pam, Pediatric Floor Manager, escorted us to each room we visited.  They were such a pleasure to be with. We’re always grateful when we come to visit our “kiddos,” and are always pleased when we’re able to sing for members of staff who have not heard us before.

    Thanks ladies!

    To top off our day, we had the privilege to sing for our Nashville Music Medics brother, Doug Wooten, who happened to be in the Heart and Vascular section, recovering from by-pass surgery. Doug looked great and it certainly looked like he was well on his way to getting back to singing with us in the near future. You know, you can’t keep a good man down, as Doug sang right along with us. As usual, Doug didn’t miss a beat or a note.

    Get well soon Doug!


    [Editor Update:  14 January 2023.  Doug is smiling and recuperating at home. And he looks like he is hungry...for some ringing 7th chords.]

  • The Harmonizer - January-February
  •  Date Posted: Sat, Jan 7 2023

    Lorin May, Editor, The Harmonizer, spent a few hours with The Nashville Music Medics while we visited with our "kiddos" at Tri-Star Centennial Childrens' Hospital. He talked with the staff and the parents; he walked with us from room to room.  This is his finished product.

    His featured seven-page article begins on page 18
  • A Look back with Alive-Hospice Nashville
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Dec 30 2022

    Well, while we thought that our "Ending the Year on a High Note' from yesterday would conclude the Latest News for 2022 I was pleased to have discovered that our friends at AliveHospice-Nashville had posted a "looking back over 2022" on their Facebook home page and included one of our visits, July 2022, when we visited with Joseph, sang with Joseph and laughed with Joseph as we shared our four-part harmonies!

    It has been a wonderful relationship established with AliveHospice this year, furthering our outreach  to bring some joy one smile at a time.  We are pleased they thought enough to include us in their end-of-year favorites photo collection.  That Facebook post has been captured in these screenshots.  

    Blessings and Peace to all in 2023.

    It is Great to be a Nashville Music Medic

  • Ending 2022 on a High Note
  •  Date Posted: Thu, Dec 29 2022

                                               Nashville Music Medics End Year on a High Note



    No pun intended (sure there is!) as the Nashville Music Medics really did end our year on a high note. We started our day by singing at The Children’s Hospital at Tri-Star Centennial, where we met a little girl who was absolutely beaming at the sight of her Daddy ringing bells during our singing of Jingle Bells. We then sang for a happy little guy who just danced around while we sang, and thanked us for coming by. We finished our time in the children’s ward singing for a 14yr-old who smiled politely. We couldn
    t tell whether he was just tolerating us, although he did invite us into his room. 

    From there we moved to the Atrium



    We sang to an appreciative crowd who was looking down from many floor balconies above. There’s nothing like singing in a place where the chords really ring.

    One of our Medics, James, claimed it sounded like Barbershop on steroids.  We finished up our day at Centennial by singing in the Pediatric Emergency Dept.  We left happy and smiling as we wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, with plans to return early in January 2023.

    We finished up our day with our good friends at ALIVE Hospice. Among those patients we sang to a family who was moved by our rendition of “O Holy Night,” and a former musician who really loved our tight harmonies and even sang along. As we left, we wished everyone @ALIVE a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and promised to return in January.

  • A Moment of Grace
  •  Date Posted: Sun, Dec 11 2022
    A Moment of Grace at AliveHospice, December 7, 2022

    "It was a rare moment for the Nashville Music Medics when we roused a hospice patient from semi-consciousness...with a song" - Kirk, NMM Lead/tenor

    Our Coordinator of Volunteers and guide for the day introduced us to Randolph (not his real name), who was resting in a minimally-conscious state with his family by his side.  The family then asked us to come into the room to sing a few Christmas carols.

    We began singing with O Holy Night. Randolph’s wife proclaimed that "He's squeezing my hand - he hears you!”  We then sang Angels We have Heard on High. As the family held hands, we saw a few tears on some cheeks. His wife again said, "He's squeezing my hand - he hears you!"

    Randolph and his sister and family were noticeably touched by our Christmas carols; we were equally affected by Randolph and his family.

    Sam, NMM Bari/Bass singer noted: “And this was JUST us singing some Christmas Carols!”  Kirk, NMM Lead/Tenor singer countered with “I found Christmas Carols to be powerful as a youngster when my father and mother and siblings went caroling in our small town. And I still do today.”

    According to the AliveHospice, Volunteer Coordinator, “Randolph’s wife continued to talk about you and the gift you gave. Thanks to all the Nashville Music Medics for the good work you do!”

                This is why we do what we do.

                                    "It's Great to be a Nashville Music Medic"
  • Nashville Music Medics Sing on a Very Special Day
  •  Date Posted: Sat, Oct 22 2022



    During our most recent visit to The Children’s Hospital   @TriStar Centennial on Wednesday, O
    ctober 12th, the Medics   welcomed back our good friend Kelsey Bryant, CCLS, who had been out on maternity leave. We were able to provide   some lovely handmade baby blankets for many of the children. One of our musical brothers, Tony Ivey, sent us the very generous donation of these beautiful blankets made by his talented mother, Sue. Our time there was so special and certainly one to remember.

    As those of you who follow us know, it’s always a highlight to visit with the children and their families. On this particular day, we sang to a rather precocious little boy, who told us how much he liked our singing, and then told us he’d had enough. We were uplifted by the sincere "Thank You"s from all the parents in the Pediatric ICU.

    After completing our rounds at the hospital, we continued our day over at ALIVE Hospice. There, our newest Medic, Dick Percy, Professor of Education, Emeritus, at Vanderbilt, came face to face with Dr. Sharon Shields a colleague from their time spent on faculty, as we went to sing in her sister's room. What a happy surprise!  We rallied behind and celebrated with our brother Dick Percy, when he reunited with a faculty colleague from years gone by.

    The peace and comfort we try to provide the families at ALIVE and Children’s Hospital has filled our own souls with the knowledge that we truly are on a mission of mercy and love.

    Thank you all for allowing us to serve you!

  • Everyone Deserves a Song at AliveHospice
  •  Date Posted: Thu, Oct 20 2022


                                             Every One Deserves a Song at ALIVE Hospice

    Before the Nashville Music Medics started their visit with the residents at ALIVE Hospice on 28 September, Lynn Edtl, Volunteer Coordinator, asked us if we would mind stopping by to sing a song for long time employee, Martha, ALIVE’s, Team Coordinator.

    In fact, we actually serenaded Martha with two songs. The Medics sang her our favorite song, the “Martha song,” and then, we made sure she was our sweetheart while singing, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.”

    You can tell by the smiles on our faces that everyone enjoyed our visit with Martha. What a sweet lady!

  • A special request: "Sing for My Sister who is in Texas"
  •  Date Posted: Wed, Oct 19 2022

    During a regular visit to The Children’s Hospital @TriStar Centennial on Wednesday, September 21st, the Medics were met by Sidney Cantalupo, CCLS, our host for our time with the children and families.  As we were into our routine warm-ups Sidney asked if we could do something special for her and sing a song to her sister (who was in Texas).  Of course we were quite willing to accommodate with singing of the "Callie Song", which not by coincidence is Sidney's sister.  We sang. Sidney sent the video to her sister. Sister Callie reacted almost immediately, before we began our rounds.
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  • Nashville Music Medics heal through Song- revisited
  •  Date Posted: Mon, Sep 5 2022

    “Nashville Music Medics heal through Song”

    was originally written for a segment of “Latest News” following our visit at AliveHospice on August 17th 2022.  What we did not have at that time was the link to the two interviews with Liz Haas, Director of Communications & Marketing, at AliveHospice. This was the first time we had met Liz and she accompanied us on our patient and family visits.

    While we were taking a brief break in the Chapel at AliveHospice, Liz asked about the history of Nashville Music Medics.  Our assembled group directed her to Wayne Jackson since Wayne had taken the lead in coordinating our scheduling and had been instrumental in organizing Music Medics around the country on behalf of the Barbershop Harmony Society.  This interview was a good overview, we agreed, and is worth sharing here. Wayne's interview is captured below.


    After talking with Wayne she asked about the outreach with AliveNashville and her attention turned to Sam English since Sam had been instrumental in the AliveHospice outreach.

    and here's Sam:

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  • Sharing the healing power of music once again
  •  Date Posted: Sun, Sep 4 2022

    The Nashville Music Medics once again shared the healing power      of music with the children, families and staff at The Childrens'      Hospital at TriStar Centennial, Nashville, on August 31st, 2022.  Although our numbers were slightly reduced due to absences, we were more than ably represented by Bill Munn, Doug Wooten, Sam English, Marty Monson and Paul Wietlisbach.

    On this visit we were accompanied by Lorin May, Editor of the Barbershop Harmony Society publication, “The Harmonizer,”  for a future feature about the BHS Music Medics Program. Thanks to Lorin and the patients’ families, we were able to capture some poignant moments with Savannah, Azlynn & her Mom, and brothers Mannen & Bear.  Bear was even wearing his Toy Story “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” t-shirt which of course was a great segue into the singing of our signature song. Azlynn’s mom told us, “That’s the most she has smiled since she has been in the hospital.”


    Our final stop of the day was in Pediatric Emergency Dept. where we sang a couple songs to a young patient and her family.  As we were leaving the ED, we once again saw Dr. Matt Jaeger, who we met on our August 17th visit.  During that visit we discovered that Dr. Jaeger had sung some Barbershop music while in college.  He had requested and was entertained with “Sweet Adeline” by the Medics; however, at this visit Dr. Jaeger joined us in singing “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South.” 


    (The doctor suggested next time we could teach him some more words!  We can do that!)

    And be sure to enjoy the celebratory post by TriStar Centennial Childrens' Hospital on their Facebook page.                         


  • Nashville Music Medics Healing Through Song
  •  Date Posted: Mon, Aug 22 2022

    Nashville Music Medics heal through Song

    OK, they're not doctors and very few actually work in the medical field. But the Nashville Music Medics sure do bring a lot of healing by singing some ah-MAZING a cappella songs in hospitals and hospices. Their harmonies are spot on and the energy is incredible.

    I got to tag along Wednesday as the troupe — all older professional dudes, most of them retired — slapped on their signature blue scrubs and hit Alive Hospice in Nashville.

    I found this outing particularly moving, as their first patient — 78-year-old Anita Corwin of Goodlettsville — was unresponsive after having a stroke earlier in the week. The guys brought lots of joy to Anita's son, daughter and granddaughter. 

    Anita's daughter, Tamie Moshier of Goodlettsville, smiled during the entire three-song performance.

    "I loved every minute of it," she said. "It made me happy and not so sad being in hospice."

    "I'm overwhelmed by it," her son, Greg Corwin, a mechanic from MIllersville, said with a huge smile on his face. "It lifts the spirits of those who are grieving right now."

    As for his mother, "I think she absorbed some of it through her subconscious," Greg said. "I'm sure she liked it as well."

    Troupe leader G. Wayne Jackson said the singers get more out of it than the patients for whom they sing.

    "It’s joy, pure joy, because we know we’ve done something good, and we’re part of something special," he said.

    Brad Schmitt / The Tennessean

  • Finding Singers
  •  Date Posted: Sun, Aug 21 2022
    “Finding Singers Where They’re Least Expected”


    You just never know where you’ll find another singer! 

    As The NashvilleMusic Medics f
    inished up their August 17 visit to The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Cenennial, the wonderful staff in the Emergency Dept. asked us to stop by and serenade them. While we sang, we noticed the good Dr. Matt Jaeger appeared quite interested in what we were doing. We found out that he had sung Barbershop music at college and asked if we knew and could sing Sweet Adeline. We said we did, but we’d only sing it if he joined in!

    Well, Dr. Jaeger, stepped up and sang a solid melody line along with the Medics. After much applause, and back slapping, while waiting for the smile to leave his face, Dr. Matt told us how much he missed singing our style of music. We quickly invited him out to an upcoming practice with our Music City Chorus brothers and we assured him, he’d be welcomed and that he would certainly have a great time singing the music he loves as much as we do!

    You just never know where you’ll find another singer!
  • Nashville Music Medics Meet Assist With Comfort
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Jul 22 2022


    Nashville Music Medics Meet With Families to A
    ssist With Comfort

    The Nashville Music Medics  once again visited the AliveHospice residential facility in Nashville on July 20th, fully anticipating we could once again provide some care and comfort  for a few residents.  Our Director of Volunteer Services, Renee Wisby, LMSW, met us when we arrived. She was accompanied by Music Therapist, Catherine Wilson, and Lynn Edtl, Volunteer Coordinator.  After a few minutes of greetings (including a favorite song, The Catherine Song” for Catherine) we moved through the facility accompanied by these wonderful staff members as we provided our four-part Barbershop Harmony for the selected patients and families. One of the patients we met and sung for was in the caring company of her daughter, Treva, and Treva’s husband. Everyone who gathered in the room, as well as just outside the door, was genuinely touched and appreciative of the gift” we try to give through our music. Treva  graciously consented to a photo memory as we all gathered around her Mother before we left the room. Treva’s eyes and gentle touch communicate the tenderness and compassion.
  • A Serenade for Emily, the Mother of Music Therapist, Catherine Wilson
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Jul 22 2022

    The Director of Volunteer Services, Renee Wisby, LMSW, for Alive Hospice, Nashville, met us when we arrived. She was accompanied by Music Therapist, Catherine Wilson, and Lynn Edtl, Volunteer Coordinator.  After a few minutes of greetings (including a favorite song,
    The Catherine Song” for Catherine) we moved through the facility accompanied by these wonderful staff members as we provided our four-part Barbershop Harmony for the selected patients and families. 

    We learned that Catherine's father had sung Barbershop Music while he was serving in the U.S. Air Force.
    After concluding our patient visits, Catherine requested "The Emily Song" (quite similar to "The Catherine Song sung earlier)  be sung so she could send it to her Mother. Of course, we were able to joyfully accommodate that request.  

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  • One "Kool" Customer
  •  Date Posted: Thu, Jul 21 2022

    Nashville Music Medics and One Cool Customer

    It’s not everyday the Nashville Music Medics run across a character as cool as Joseph! But, that’s what  happened during our second visit to ALIVE Hospice.  After a warm greeting from Renee Wisby, LMSW, Director of Volunteer Services, Lynn Edtl, Volunteer Coordinator, and Catherine Wilson, Music  Thera
    pist, we set off to bring some comfort to the residents and their loved ones. During our last visit of the day we met Joseph, who was engaging, fun to talk with and just an all around great guy with a great family. We’re pretty certain that he was into music as it was mentioned to us that one of his grandchildren went to Belmont University for music education. Joseph was quite happy to have us to sing to him, as well as include him in a group picture.

    Joseph donned his hat and slid into his best Frank Sinatra pose, as well as letting us know he really enjoyed what we sang. All in all a really great day at ALIVE Hospice. The Nashville Music Medics look forward to their next visit. Because, You just never know who you’ll meet along the way…..

  • Nashville Music Medic Receive an unexpected gift
  •  Date Posted: Wed, Jul 20 2022


                                                               Nashville Music Medics Receive a Very Special Gift

    Every Nashville Music Medic, to a man, will tell you that we often receive so much more than we ever give to the patients and their families.  On 20 July, when we arrived for our visit to The Children’s Hospital @TriStar Centennial, we were greeted warmly by Mary Bueche, CCLS. She quickly became part of the Music Medics family with her warm and cheery personality. Mary took the time to make every child feel special, paving the way for the Medics to do what we do best - bring smiles to the “kiddos,” and their parents faces. 

    That care given to each child brought us to the room of a cheery, happy, 4-year old little girl. After Mary explained to her what we did, this young lady asked us if  she could sing us a song. Needless to say, we were quite surprised by the request, as we are the ones usually doing the serenading. In a tiny sweet little voice she sang “The Goodness of God.”  It took all of the Medics a few minutes to compose ourselves and after several songs for this lovely little girl, she again asked if she could sing us another song.

    What happened next was nothing short of a miracle as she sang “Jesus Loves Me This I Know.”  The look of belief on her face was angelic, as we could tell she believed what she sang. We were left in a puddle and thanked her for the beautiful song. The Medics considered themselves  lucky to be there and are so thankful for the special gift we were given, by this little angel.

  • Nashville Music Medics comes "Alive"
  •  Date Posted: Thu, Jun 23 2022

    Nashville Music Medics Come ALIVE!

    Just when you think it can’t get any better being a Nashville Music Medic, our time spent singing at the ALIVE Hospice Residence in Nashville on 22 June, completely overwhelmed us. On this particular Wednesday, we started our day by singing for the children at The Children’s Hospital at Tri-Star Centennial. As always our time with the children was certainly rewarding.

    There was a warm reception, and an obvious excitement for the Medics being there at ALIVE, as we were enthusiastically greeted by the Director of Volunteer Services, Renee Wisby, LMSW, pictured with us. The interaction and reaction from some of the residents was nothing short of life-changing. The smiles and expressions of “Thanks”, touched each of us. One sweet lady even likened us to sounding as good as the “Gaithers.”

    The Medics thought it was an audition, but were surprised to learn the staff only wanted to see how the residents reacted to us. They were well pleased and have invited us back to sing any time we want. Of course we accepted their gracious invitation and plan to return sometime in July.

    It’s Great to Be a Nashville Music Medic!

  • This is Why We Sing
  •  Date Posted: Thu, Jun 9 2022

    "This Is Why We Sing"

    The reason why we’re Music Medics and Why We Sing, was evidenced by the smile on this little guys face when we sang to him outside of the Emergency Dept. in The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial. It was a relatively short day on 8 June, due to some unforeseen problems during our visit. So rather than bore you with all of those details, I thought I would answer the question posed in the title of our article

    Obviously, we sing for the precious children and their families when we visit each and every time, but while sitting at my desk going through pictures, and trying to figure out what to write, I received an email from one of our Medics (Paul Weitlisbach) thanking Sam English (photographer), for all the work he did during our visit.

    That email as well as some replies to Paul, poignantly reminded us all why we sing:

    Paul started by saying, I want to share something:

    I sing in 7 different groups.  2 quartets, a Jazz band, MCC, a classical music quintet, my church choir and (of course) Nashville Music Medics. 

    My absolute favorite is NMM.  Y'all understand why.  My heart sank yesterday when we heard we had NO representation by the Child Life Specialist staff due to illness. Yet, the pure goodness of what we do triumphed. 

    I believe I saw the Good Lord's hand yesterday.  Even without any setup or support, we sang for four (4) beautiful little children and helped enrich their lives and the lives of their parents. 

    Thank you all for being a part of this wonderful ministry.

    As I watch what is happening to our poor old world, I am SO proud to help, just a little teeny bit.  I love you guys!  Thank You!

    Sam English relayed his feelings to Paul and the rest of us as I have often said that the NMM is the most meaningful thing I have done in 34 years of BHS, SPEBSQSA ... and beyond.
    The group's Maestro, Chuck Hamilton, told us -   I couldn’t agree more with Paul’s heartfelt comments. It truly is a mission of mercy and love, and I am so proud of this group.

    Needless to say more but, this is Why We Sing!

    (All comments and photographs Used by Permission)

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  • The Nashville Music Medics Honor America
  •  Date Posted: Sat, May 28 2022
                              Nashville Music Medics Honor America

    On May 27, the Nashville Music Medics were invited to sing the National Anthem at the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Boys Soccer Finals, at Siegel Soccer Complex. What a thrill it was to raise our voices in song to honor America during this special holiday weekend !!! 

    Prior to the start of the match between Page High School and Valor Prep, the Medics were able to take pictures with Assistant Executive Director of TSSAA, Mark Reeves, and the referee crew (Kevin Arsenault, Andrew Wilkins, Lauren Gray, and Tony Moran). The Medics appreciated the enthusiastic crowd response to our singing, and we left feeling uplifted from the experience.



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

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  • How many Medics does it take...?
  •  Date Posted: Wed, May 25 2022
    How Many Medics Does it Take……

    The question must be asked - How Many Medics Does it Take to Deliver a Baby Gift? The answer is at least 11, when the Nashville Music Medics showed up to sing for the kids at The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial,. The Medics presented Kelsey Bryant, CCLS, with a baby blanket and a gift card, as she awaits the arrival of her baby in late July. Needless to say, she was quite surprised and after the smiles and pictures, the Medics were off to sing for the precious children.

    These visits are always so heart-warming for the patients, their families and the Medics, that it’s sometimes difficult to put into words. Our visit on May 25, 2022 was made even more special when we were able to sing Brahms Lullaby from two sweet infants.

    The smiles grow even bigger when the children hear their name mentioned in a song. More fun is had when the older children are asked one of our famous “Dad Jokes,”  and they guess the right answer. What ever the case, the Medics leave with their hearts bursting with joy, as we say our good-byes and head home to our families to get ready for the next visit.
                                Memories like this make it
    Great to Be a Nashville Music Medic!”

  • "Stop, I'm breathin' heavy" OR Sidney takes us on a trek
  •  Date Posted: Wed, May 18 2022
    Updating the previous News Item from May 13, 2022, our new band-mate Sidney Cantalupo led us on a trek around the hospital to the departments where we were to visit on May 11, 2022.  She had a brisk and definitive pace.  At time we found ourselves "jockeying" for position!

    The below link explains the "Stop, I'm Breathin' Heavy"!


  • The Nashville Guys are hosted by our new band mate, Sydney
  •  Date Posted: Fri, May 13 2022

    Nashville Music Medics Out Spreading Joy!

    The Nashville Music Medics and their new band mate, Sydney Cantalupo, were out spreading joy on 11 May, singing for their “kiddos” at The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial.

    The smiles were plentiful as we wandered through the PICU, the Oncology Dept. and the General Ward, singing our special brand of music. We asked the question, “Do you know what makes the medicine go down?” NOPE! They didn’t know. We told them - “Just a Spoonful of Sugar” followed, of course, by singing “Spoonful”.

    We even threw in a new “Dad Joke” to help keep those smiles on their faces or groans by the Staff and Medics.
    “Why did the strawberry baby cry?”  “Because her Mom was in a jam!”
    Grin or groan? Take your pick!

    What a great day! It truly is “Great to be a Nashville Music Medic!”

  • Nashville Music Medics to appear on MCC Spring Show “Barberroo 2022”
  •  Date Posted: Wed, Apr 13 2022
    Nashville Music Medics to appear on MCC Spring Show “Barberroo 2022”
    Nashville Music Medics is thrilled and pleased to announce that we have been offered and have accepted a spot to sing on the “Barberroo 2022” show being presented by the Music City Chorus on April 23, 2022, 3:00pm, at the Nashville School of the Arts. 
    Our own resident quartet, No Green Bananas, will also be singing.

    Music City Chorus has always been known for promoting quartet singing and is presenting nine quartets as well as featuring a guest Sweet Adeline quartet
    "Don't Call Me Shirley"

    For more information about the show and tickets go to

  • National Barbershop Quartet Day with No Green Bananas
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Apr 12 2022

    In celebration of National Barbershop Quartet Day, April 11th, NMM joined with "No Green Bananas" to share our music with the residents of Somerby-Franklin, Franklin, TN. 

    We presented our program at two different locations in the facility and we discovered many of the residents and staff had never been provided with the opportunity to hear this style of close four-part harmony. They were entertained.  They smiled. They sang along. They laughed (with us).  We noticed that a few of the attendees were bold enough to take in the second performance as well!  We even had a hearty soul venture into a tag after the second program.

    As evidenced by the video shared here we had a great day with many new friends at Somerby.
    Four additional videos are uploaded individually. Follow the supplemental items with similar title.
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  • National Barbershop Quartet Day with No Green Bananas
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Apr 12 2022

    Everyone also enjoyed You've Got a Friend in Me (although the intro was missed by the videographer).  
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  • National Barbershop Quartet Day with No Green Bananas
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Apr 12 2022

    And everyone seemed to enjoy "Under the Boardwalk" by No Green Bananas, especially with the surprise choreography by the Nashville Music Medics !
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  • "What? A push-out Quartet? Really?"
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Apr 12 2022

    As we were nearing the conclusion of our time together with the fine folks at Somerby-Franklin,  our guests were genuinely entertained as we demonstrated the remarkable experience of a “push-out quartet” !
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  • "Keep the Whole World Singing All Day Long"
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Apr 12 2022

    After two shows of approximately 50 minutes each (and approximately 10 minutes between the two), we shared with everyone how much this music means to each of us, to our Nashville Music Medics ensemble and to No Green Bananas quartet by closing each of our performances with  “Keep the Whole World Singing”.  
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  • Finally, Let the Fun Begin Again
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Apr 8 2022


                                                ​​​​​​​    ​​​​​​​    ​​​​​​​    ​​​​​​​    ​​​​​​​    ​​​​​​​                            Finally! Let the Fun Begin Again​​​​​​​    ​​​​​​​    ​​​​​​​    ​​​​​​​    

              On April 6, after many months away, the Nashville Music Medics were once again allowed to come and visit our friends and “kiddos” at  The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial. And yes, everyone was smiling behind those masks. We started our day with a visit to the Pediatric ICU, singing for the patients and the nurses, and where we wanted to make sure they were included in the fun!  Of course our day wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Children’s Oncology unit where, even with everything a little guy was going through, he was still happy and smiling.

                We finished our day with a visit to the Pediatric ED. Everywhere we visited, the nurses and patients were just as happy to see us as we were to see them. By the end of the day, we were musically,

    “Sittin’ on Top of the World!

    It Great to Be a Nashville Music Medic!
  • A Moment to Pause for Nurses
  •  Date Posted: Wed, Apr 6 2022

    A Moment to Pause for Nurses

    The Pediatric ED is rarely on our pre-determined visitation schedule because we never know who may be new arrivals or awaiting care.  Fortunately Pediatric ED is on our exit route to the parking areas and our hostess/guide, Sydney Cantalupo, Certified Child Life Specialist, was more than willing to check on this one final opportunity for patient visits.

    While awaiting the clearance to visit a couple of new patients in the Pediatric ED, we took the opportunity to serenade the nursing staff with “Nurses, We Love You” to the tune of one of our favorites, “Honey, Little Lize”.  Much to our surprise, we received this video taken by Andrew Kilby, RN, who was among those nurses. The video had initially been posted on Facebook by his proud father, Duane Kilby.
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  • Nashville Music Medics (once again) Resume Rehearsing
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Apr 1 2022
    Nashville Music Medics Are Gettin' Ready to Sing!

    After an “extended vacation” from singing and rehearsing, the Nashville Music Medics
    resumed rehearsals on March 31st, with great attendance, in order to return to singing
    for our “kiddos”at Tri-Star Centennial Children’s Hospital in April.

    So that we can safely return to sing, we have confirmed with Children’s Hospital the protocols
    the hospital has requested we must adhere to. 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.

    After many handshakes and hugs, we got to singing, and let me tell you it was great to hear
    those chords ring again. We were put through our paces by our very own Maestro,
    Chuck Hamilton, although it was well worth it.  Smiles prevailed all evening and after a good
    workout from singing, we said our good-byes and parted ways until we gather again next week
    with those

    If you have any questions about how to start a Music Medics program in your chapter contact Wayne Jackson, Nashville Music Medics, BHS Representative (

    by Wayne Jackson for NMM
  • A Facebook Reminder March 29, 2109
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Mar 29 2022
    A  Facebook reminder, three years ago today. 


    On March 29, 2019, the Nashville Music Medics had been delivering our songs and  smiles to the children in TriStar Centennial Children’s Hospital in Nashville.
    When we completed those visits a few of us continued with a side trip to visit one of our Music City Chorus brothers, Tommy Mitchell, in a local rehabilitation facility in a neighboring community. 

    Tommy had been involved in a very serious motor vehicle accident a few days earlier.  Although he is a great bass singer and a former director of the chorus in Athens, AL, Tommy did not feel much like doing any breathing exercise in order to sing a tag with us!  We understood. We sang. He smiled.

    Tommy is doing well in 2022 and has joined three of the Medics to occasionally sing the National Anthem at local sporting events as “The Hooligans of Harmony”
  • Nashville Music Medics, Celebrating Everything
  •  Date Posted: Sat, Mar 12 2022

    Music Medics Celebrate “Everything”

    The Nashville Music Medics celebrate just about everything - warm weather, good food, but most importantly, just being able to get together and sing. Seven hearty Medics got together for a sing and a BBQ on October 9, and you can tell by the smiles on their faces that a good time was had by all.

    The Medics are learning a new song, a sweet lullaby - “Stay Awake” from Mary Poppins, as well as preparing for their upcoming virtual Christmas video project. The Christmas video will be super special this year as they will be joining their voices with all of the Music Medics across the Barbershop Harmony Society.
  • Nashville Music Medics Making New Friends
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Mar 11 2022

    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 brother 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.”

    If you have any questions about how to start a Music Medics program in your chapter contact Wayne Jackson, Nashville Music Medics, BHS rep. (
  • Then and Now...With One of Our Patients Eve
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Mar 11 2022

    Then..and Now..

        With One of Our Patients 
    at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

    The Nashville Music Medics visit and sing to a lot of children, however, there’s one in particular who stole all of our hearts away on a cold winter’s day when we visited 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 rather serious operation, and as a rule we never really hear what happens to these precious children after their stay. However, this time we wanted to find out how little Eve was doing and what we found was pretty miraculous.

    During the afternoon of December 18, 2019, The Nashville Music Medics,were finished their singing during one of their Christmas visits to the “kiddos” and their families at a different children’s hospital here in Nashville, and on the way home stopped in to visit Eve. She was an alert and happy baby who was well on the road to recovery from a liver transplant operation. Not only were Eve and her parents happy that we stopped in to sing, but word has it her older brother would often sing to her after she returned home as a way to make Eve feel better.

    There’s no doubt in our minds 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 Providing Smiles All Around, with a BHS Guest
  •  Date Posted: Fri, Mar 11 2022

    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 July 28th 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 let Devin tell you how much fun we have, especially after she saw the smiles on the children's faces. We're likely to make Devin an honorary Nashville Music Medic.

    The Nashville Music Medics serve as a community outreach program. Many of the Medics are also members 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 of ourselves as Music Therapists, providing the best possible medicine there is - a smile and a song.

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

    Recently, two more BHS Dixie Chapters have come forward and expressed an interest in starting a Music Medics Program in their chapters - The Big Chicken Chorus, and The Sound Of Tennessee.

    Ask yourself, “What better way is there to start your day than by bringing some joy to and by putting smiles on the faces of those wonderful children. The Medics always come away from their singing visits feeling uplifted by the joy they’ve 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 they meet.

    Why not be part of the movement that is “Changing the World Once Smile At a Time.”

    If you’re interested in starting a Music Medics program in your chapter, please contact Wayne Jackson and the BHS Music Medics Team at

  • Hopscotch between Songs
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Mar 8 2022
    Hopscotch between Songs

    In July 2021 we were once again back into Tri-Star Centennial Children’s Hospital, after a Coronavirus induced absence in February 2020.  ChildLife Specialist, Kelsey Bryant, was escorting us from floor-to-floor, Department-to-Department, patient-to-patient, when we encountered a perplexing diagram on the floor when we were on the way to Pediatric Emergency Department. What we soon recognized on the floor was the popular playground game of Hopscotch.
    Much to the chagrin of some of the Music Medics, Kelsey informed us that passage in this corridor required the customary hopping or jumping through the spaces. Fortunately, it did not require bending to pick up a marker and it was only a one-way requirement. Some of us were more proficient that others but we all passed the test.
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  • Nashville Music Medics bring Smiles to Centennial Children's Hospital
  •  Date Posted: Tue, Mar 8 2022

    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. (
  • Nashville Music Medics are Gettin' On The Road Again
  •  Date Posted: Mon, Mar 7 2022
    Nashville Music Medics Are Gettin’ 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 June 14th, 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.

    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 Representative (

    We’re the best of Friends, and our way is on the road again!

  • Nashville Music Medics- How It All Began 2018
  •  Date Posted: Mon, Mar 7 2022
    Nashville Music Medics - How it All Began!

    While attending the Saturday Night Show at the 2018 Orlando International, I watched a video about the BHS Music Medics program. The video told me about the inspirational work a group of singers from the Miamians was doing through their singing to the children in the local Children’s Hospitals.  My wife and I thought this would be a great service to provide, and since I was retired, I had some time to see if this would work in Nashville.

    I talked with my Chorus leadership about the idea and they said, “That’s a great idea, as long as you run the program.”  So I sent out an email to the chorus looking for interested singers; and as they say, “The rest is history,” as the Nashville Music Medics were born in early 2019. Since then, the fun hasn’t stopped. We’ve made several virtual recordings for our local children’s hospital, and had several news stories air on local TV. Most importantly, all of the Nashville Music Medics will agree, that singing for the children is the most rewarding thing all of us have ever done during our Barbershop careers. 

    (Edit: Author, Wayne Jackson, Dreamer-Nashville Music Medics)

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