SEMPER SOUND BAND
Making Music & Sharing Music
The Semper Sound Band is a San-Diego based group of musicians made up of service members, veterans, members of the military-connected community, volunteers, and music therapists. We develop original music and practice covers of some of our favorite songs. The Band is great for musicians who want to take their music to the next level.
Seeking live music at your next event? Book the Band – performances are perfect addition to a Southern California event.
Cory received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. In Arizona, he facilitated group and individual music therapy sessions for at-risk youth, adults with varying traumatic brain injuries, hospitalized children and individuals on the Autism spectrum. Currently, as the Director of Semper Sound, he facilitates individual and group therapy sessions for active duty military veterans and military families at VA San Diego Healthcare System, VA Aspire Center, and Naval Medical Center San Diego. Cory is grateful to be back in his hometown where he can give back to his community using music!
Joel was an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force and served 8 years. He first heard about Resounding Joy a couple of years ago through the VA and went to an event that he really enjoyed. “Shortly after that I started taking guitar lessons with Cory and began to realize how much I love playing the guitar.” Joel has also more recently been learning to play the ukulele. “One of my favorite things about Resounding Joy is definitely the songwriting group. I started writing songs on the guitar earlier this year and it has been an extremely therapeutic experience for me so far.”
Corey is a US Navy FMF Corpsman and served for 7 1/2 years. He found out about Resounding Joy from his music therapist at the Intrepid Spirit Center at Camp Pendleton during his recovery for a severe brain injury. Corey plays the guitar, saxophone and sings.
Jennifer brings 16 years of experience as a Navy spouse. She remains an active member within the military/veteran community where she connected with Resounding Joy through a work event.
Devi Whitlock served in the US Marine Corps for 8 years. He has been playing music for 12 years. Devi plays the guitar and has been involved with Resounding Joy for the last year.
Will served in the US AIr Force for 4 years. He served in Vietnam as a medical service specialist. He continued on to become a registered Respiratory Therapist. He is an entrepreneur but is able to retire as well.
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Living Your Dreams
Annual Benefit Concert
Every year, the Semper Sound Band performs to support Resounding Joy’s military music therapy and wellness programs. We hope you will join us at our next event!
The 3rd Annual Living Your Dreams concert will be held at Encinitas Elks Lodge on September 17th, 2022, from 6-8pm.
The Semper Sound Band is facilitated by our Board-Certified music therapists, who all have expertise in guitar, percussion, piano, and voice. Members may participate in additional one-on-one sessions or join only for Band practice. The Band is open to all members of the military community, including family members.
The Band is a great opportunity to develop original work under the guidance of professional music therapists, and give back to the community through music. For our community partners, Semper Sound Band performances bring authenticity, passion, mission, and meaning to festivals, fairs, and concerts.
“Hero” by Devi Whitlock
“Sunlight in the Night” by the Semper Sound Band
“Daydreaming” by James Boyden Arr. by The Semper Sound Band
“What I Want You To Know” by Will Zwicker Arr. by The Semper Sound Band
“After sustaining in what some doctors are regarding as the highest level of severity of a Traumatic Brain Injury, I began working with Cory to achieve an aspiration in life and in recovery: to play piano. I have not only learned how to play the piano, not with only one hand but with both, while using the power of music to help regain all the muscles on my left side. As of earlier this year, I was found fit for continued Naval service. Resounding Joy’s services are led by music experts who want to share the joy and power of music with everyone. They also cater lessons to a client’s specific goals. They have changed my life in many positive aspects. I cannot thank you enough for the experiences and impact that you have played in my own recovery.”
JORDAN LO, USN