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Arthur Bloom: How the healing power of music helps wounded warriors


Musicorps musicians perform

CNN | By Marissa Calhoun

Bethesda, Maryland (CNN) — When Capt. Greg Galeazzi joined the Army seven years ago, he was well aware of the risks he would face. “Of course you accept that injuries or death is a possibility,” Galeazzi said. “This is what happens to soldiers who fight wars.”

In 2011, that possibility became Galeazzi’s reality. While leading his platoon on a routine morning patrol, an improvised explosive device detonated beneath him. “It felt like I got hit by a wrecking ball,” he said.

Though Galeazzi survived the blast, life as he knew it did not. Suddenly, he was a double, above the knee amputee and had a severely wounded right arm. MORE

Published October 23, 2014
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MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band will be musical guest on Colbert Report

MusiCorps_2013The MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band will be the musical guest on the Colbert Report this Wednesday, December 18th, along with Aaron Neville. MusiCorps, founded and directed by Arthur Bloom ’86BA, ’93MM, ’94MMA, is an intensive music rehabilitation program for wounded service members.

The show, which will air at 11:30pm EST, 10:30 CST on Comedy Central, is part of Colbert’s Christmas Carols Week. The National, whose members include Bryce Dessner ’98BA, ’99MM, performed on the show Monday, December 16.

Bloom noted: “Almost everything we do is in private — one-on-one sessions at Walter Reed helping wounded warriors learn to play an instrument or relearn to play one following a devastating injury. So it is particularly gratifying when we are able to share our work with others through performances of the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band.”

Published December 17, 2013
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Wall Street Journal spotlights Musicorps

Arthur Bloom ’86BA, ’93MM

When Arthur Bloom ’86BA, ’93MM met with a veteran at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2007, he didn’t know that the meeting would lead to a big idea.

As the Wall Street Journal writes:

When Mr. Bloom learned the veteran had been a drummer, he suggested the man resume playing, despite having lost one leg due to an injury sustained in Iraq. Over the course of setting up electronic drums for the veteran, and as they experimented together with different prosthetics, Mr. Bloom realized there was a dire need for a revolutionary music program at the medical center.

That revolutionary music program came into being as Musicorps, with funding from the Yale School of Music’s alumniVentures program, foundations such as the Augustine Foundation and the Center for Health Transformation, individuals, and other sources.

The WSJ continues:

Musicorps’ unconventional approach is to engage veterans in high-level musical creation, assisted by working musicians. Goals vary from veteran to veteran. One wants to be professional musician, while another wants to learn the National Anthem on the guitar to play at a baseball game. Any kind of music is welcome, from rock to classical. Genres have included rap, death metal and once even Italian opera.

Read the rest of the article HERE.

Published July 23, 2010
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