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2014 Making Music Soothes Combat-Hardened

Date November 9, 2014
Publication  The San Diego Union-Tribune
Writer  Jeanette Steele
URL  http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2014/nov/09/artillery-arts-semper-sound-band/
Title  Making Music Soothes Combat-Hardened

A thin, young Marine dressed in desert camouflage appears at the door of the Wounded Warrior Battalion music room.

Politely, he waits to get the attention of the music therapist, a young woman holding a fiddle and a bow.

“Can I come play with you guys?” the Marine asks, somewhat shyly.

His real question—phrased somewhat differently by Don McLean in 1971—is: Do you believe in rock and roll? / Can music save your mortal soul?

The answer is “yes”—at least here at the Camp Pendleton band room.

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