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2015 Nonprofit Harnesses Power of Music as a Therapeutic Tool

Date  February 13, 2015
Publication  Del Mar Times
URL  http://www.delmartimes.net/news/2015/feb/13/resounding-joy-music-therapy-military-veterans/
Title  Nonprofit Harnesses Power of Music as a Therapeutic Tool
Writer  Joe Tash

On a recent overcast morning, Matthew Parker stood singing and playing his banjo with a group of other musicians in the courtyard of the Naval Medical Center near Balboa Park in San Diego. As Parker sang “Wagon Wheel,” a song co-written by Bob Dylan and turned into a hit by Darius Rucker, people passed through the busy courtyard on the way to lunch or medical appointments, and others gathered to watch. The performance was more than just an impromptu gig for Parker and the other musicians—they were part of the Semper Sound Band, made up of injured or ill active-duty service members and veterans who were participating in a music therapy program organized by Resounding Joy, a San Diego-based nonprofit.

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