Semper Sound Military Music Therapy
Music Therapy for Service Member and Veteran Rehabilitation

The Semper Sound program provides music therapy to military service members and veterans to enrich lives and to progress toward non-musical goals, such as symptom management, pain reduction, career development, or building stronger familial relationships.

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Our team of music therapists help clients achieve their goals by using a variety of music-based interventions, such as:

Interactive Music-Making


Therapeutic Instrument Instruction

Lyric Analysis

Guided Relaxation to Music


Individual and Group Sessions

Semper Sound provides therapeutic and supportive music programs to service members and veterans of all ages, needs, and abilities. Sessions focus on any or all of these:

Symptom Management: Learn to use music to manage anger, anxiety, and pain from PTSD, TBI, and other diagnoses.

Creativity: Be yourself. Create something new and just for you. Design your future.

Achieve Goals: Overcome challenges and learn to write a song, play an instrument, or recover a skill.

Develop Insight: Discover new abilities and aspects of your personality. You might surprise yourself!

Semper Sound is available in San Diego on multiple military bases, veteran facilities, and here at the Music Wellness Center.  Many clients qualify for free services.

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Semper Sound Band

Semper Sound Band members come from all military backgrounds, from current active duty service members to veterans. The band’s repertoire is diverse, and genres include Americana, contemporary rock, country, heavy metal, jazz, salsa, pop and funk. As their skills mature, band members also write and perform original music. Want to join the band or request a performance for your next event?

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Semper Sound Satellite Programs

Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea | Boston, Massachusetts

The Resounding Joy Semper Sound East Coast military music therapy program provides music therapy and recreational music experiences on a weekly and monthly basis at the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea, a community in the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts. Customized interventions match the unique needs of clientele, which include veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

GI Jams Band | Additionally, the GI Jams Band provides musical performances at special events at the Soldiers’ Home. These performances offer a safe and structured platform for military music therapy clients to apply skills honed in therapy, such as socio-behavioral peer engagement. The GI Jams Band performed at a 2015 Veterans Day celebration attended by Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts.

Music therapists are defined by achieving MT-BC certification, which requires an American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)-approved music therapy degree, six-month internship, and national board exam. The team has specialized training and flexibility to adapt the treatment as needed, such as identifying when a group may need to release frustration through drumming or recognize when an individual may be trying to disguise a strong reaction and facilitate constructively processing the emotions. The Semper Sound music therapist has additional training in Neurologic Music Therapy, which addresses Traumatic Brain Injury and other relevant diagnoses in the military community.

View 2019 Semper Sound Annual Report