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Comments, Praise and Suggestions

APRIL 2009 TOUR OF COMMACK SCHOOLS

Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2009 07:22:21 -0500

Dear Linda:

I want to sincerely thank you for the wonderful performance by the Coalition at W P on Wednesday.  I heard from so many people and children on how wonderful it was.  It was even mentioned at the PTA Council Meeting last night….I heard they performed an encore and played the Jonas brothers, etc.  They were an extremely big hit in our entire district!

Thank you to you and each and every one of the fabulous performers/artists!

My very best to you,

  1. S.

W.P. – PTA

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Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2009 07:22:21 -0500

Subject: Re: RE: Coalition of Disabled Musicians

John went to a birthday party yesterday afternoon & I overheard some of the kids talking about the concert & how great it was.  If that isn’t great feedback, I don’t know what is!

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Apr 1, 2009 03:09:38 PM
Thank you for EVERYTHING this week!  I am sooo happy they enjoyed the program and happy to hear it was FABULOUS!

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Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 13:24:56 -0500

Subject: Re: Coalition of Disabled Musicians
Hi,

I just wanted to let you know that the concerts today were FABULOUS.  The kids were up dancing and having a great time (especially when they played a Jonas Brothers song!).  The band even performed an encore during the second performance because the kids asked them to.  Linda & the other band members were very nice and really engaged the kids.

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Hi Guys – thanks for your email, we had a great time too!  Let’s see, let’s get down to those questions…

How do you get some of the ideas for your great songs?

Everybody has different favorite songs and song styles (rock, pop, blues, country and alternative).  We each pick out songs that we like and then work within the band to learn how to play them.  Sometimes, we also get some suggestions from students in the schools to se e what some of their favorites are.  We practice at least once a week together and we all practice at home some too.

Where else can we see you perform?

Check our website (www.disabled-musicians.org) from time to time to see where we will be playing next.  Hopefully we will be invited back to your school next year! 

Have you met any famous musicians?

We have met and still keep in touch with Billy Joel’s drummer, Liberty DeVito and World Famous studio drummer and inspirational speaker, Dom Famularo.

When did you start playing together as a band?

The Coalition for Disabled Musicians has been around for 23 years now.  The folks in the band “Range of Motion,” who you saw today, have all been playing together for 12 years.

Have you played in any famous places?

“Range of Motion” has played in the “A rtscape Music Festival” in Baltimore, Maryland for about 10,000 people and also for a large community festival down in Mathews, Virginia.  We have also been featured on programs such as, CNN, Court TV, The Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, WLNY News TV55, Cablevision’s “Neighborhood Journal” and we were recently featured on News12 Long Island.

Thanks again for having us and thanks for your email. I hope I was able to answer your questions.

Keep Rockin’, Keep Dreamin’,

Linda Jaeger

Coalition for Disabled Musicians

www.disabled-musicians.org

“CDM was formed to give the disabled the opportunity to pursue their Musical Dreams!”

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Sent: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 3:28 pm

Subject: Today’s Performance

Dear Range of Motion,    April 1, 2009
We had a great time listening to your music today! All Star was our favorite

song. We loved singing along with your band. It is awesome that you don’t let

your disabilities get in the way of your musical talents.

We have a few questions for you. How do you get some of the ideas for your great

songs? Where else can we see you perform? Have you met any famous musicians?

When did you

start playing together as a band? Have you played in any famous

places?

We appreciate you coming to our school today and welcome you in the future.

Thank you for practicing so hard and making your music sound so great.

Sincerely,

2nd grade class

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Dear Biggest Fan – Thank you so much for your email!

It’s very nice to hear back from people who have seen our show (especially when they say they like it)!

I am sending you a copy of a picture of the band so you have something to remember us.  Don’t forget to tell you teacher that you liked the show, and maybe we’ll come back next year!

Take care,

Linda Jaeger

Coalition for Disabled Musicians

www.disabled-musicians.org

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Sent: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 8:18 pm

Subject: FAN MAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HI GUYS,

IM YOUR BIGGEST FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PLEASE RIGHT BACK. GOODBYE.

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Hi Christine – thank you for your email.  We’re glad you’re son had such a good time!  We had a great time too.  And yes, the students were so good during the performance that we were able to ask them to dance on our final song “Twist & Shout”.  I’m sending along a picture of the group for him, I hope he likes it.

Best Regards,

Linda Jaeger

Coalition for Disabled Musicians

www.disabled-musicians.org

p.s. – Make sure you let your PTA rep. know that your son enjoyed the show so much, and maybe we’ll be invited back again!  And tell your son we said “Hi”

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Sent: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 1:33 pm
Hi,

My son goes to I H P School.  He was telling me about a concert of musicians he saw and was very excited and thrilled with the experience.  He told me “We got to dance because it was so good”.

I just wanted to send a little note letting you know your performance was very much enjoyed.

Thanks,

Christine

MARCH 2009

Dear Friends,

What a fantastic web site.  After playing my violin for 44 years, even with the Boston Symphony. I have recently had my right arm amputated after a tragic motorcycle accident at 10 mph.  It now sits between two Strads in a vault.  In an effort to manage my musical “needs,” I’m trying to learn how to strum my Martin Ukulele, but it seems to be impossible.  Is there any mechanical device that would allow the chance to strum for me since I am able to generate the chords with my left hand?

Please let me know.  Blessings, Cliff

Hi Cliff – thank you for your email.   I am so sorry to hear about your accident. Your accomplishments over the past 44 years are amazing!   But life has a freaky way of presenting new challenges to people.

I know one musician who plays the fiddle and I wanted to bounce your question off of him, but I need to know if it was a full or partial amputation in order to give him the best information to work with.   We don’t always come up with solutions for everybody’s questions, but I’ll see what we can do for you.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Best Regards,
Linda Jaeger
Coalition for Disabled Musicians

Hi.  Thanks for your note.  My amputation is at my rt. bicep & my shoulder is held together with rods & remains in place.  I am very grateful to you.  Cliff

Hi Cliff – I have some suggestions for you, I hope they are helpful.

Linda Jaeger
Coalition for Disabled Musicians

Hi Cliff,

There are a number of people in similar situations. I suggest tuning the instrument in open tuning, such as “G”, or “C”. This enables you to play a chord by barring one fret. With a slide on the pinky of the left hand, slide to the fret you want to sound, and pick, or strum (brush across strings) with the remaining fingers of that hand. This amounts to playing with one hand. I know this is tricky, and may take a while to get used to, but once you understand the concept, it works.

The instrument is laid on your lap, as with a lapsteel. Lay the slide across the neck, slide up and down the neck smoothly, and pick the strings with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd finger.

I hope you can try this, and let us know how you progress!!!

Thank you –  Hope This helps!!!

John Phillips

Coalition for Disabled Musicians

Hey Linda.

I would like to get additional info to Cliff;

Hi Cliff.

There is another instrument you might consider, it’s called a “THEREMIN.” It’s a Synthesizer, a bar similar to a guitar neck. You just run your hand near it, no need to touch it, electrical pickups make the sound. It is capable of the greatest feats!

If you have trouble finding it, it was originally a MOOG product.

Keep Seeking!!!

John

John – here is a response from our violinist friend…..L

Bless everyone for their suggestions.  I guess we all know why God surrounds herself with musicians (harpists).  She knows it heals the soul, EVERYONE’S.

As one violinist said to the guitarist, don’t fret over it; pull up your “G” string and get back up on the horse.

With brotherly admiration,
(“G”-Cliff),,, instead of clef

DECEMBER 2008
In a message dated 12/11/08 7:42:32 PM, DeAnna writes:

Hi I enjoyed your show alot. (I go to Connetquot Elementary school) How did you guys come up with the band? Did your band write “what I like about you”?. I hope u can answer my questions

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DeAnna
Hi DeAnna – Thanks for your email.  We’re really glad that you enjoyed the show.  We had a great time too!  You were all so energetic!

To answer your questions…
The band “Range of Motion” was formed almost 23 years ago by a drummer with a back injury who wanted to continue to play his drums despite his disability.  He talked with his family, friends, neighbors and people in his community and put ads in local newspapers looking for other musicians with disabilities.  People answered his ad and that’s how we all came together.

Although we did play two of our own songs for you at the school the other day, the song, “What I Like About You” was written by a band called The Romantics, many years ago.  There is also a popular TV show of the same name, which you may have seen.  If you are interested in any of our original music, you can listen to sound clips on our website at www.disabled-musicians.org.  We also sell our CD through the website.

Thank you for your interest in our organization, and thanks for being a part of such a great audience!

Best Regards & Happy Holidays!
Linda, Tom, Mikey, Pat and John
Coalition for Disabled Musicians, Inc.
OCTOBER 2008

Dear Linda,

I have been a professional musician for over 40 years.   I was displaced by Hurricane Katrina and came to live here in Knoxville, TN with relatives in 2005.  I lost all my music equipment during that disaster and have been trying to get back on my feet every since.  I haven’t been able to replace my music equipment with what I had before the disaster.   But I have been making do with what I could get.  But that guitar with the short in it hasn’t done me any good.   I have been placed on disability because of leg and back problems and I only get limited $ a month which is not enough to live on let alone buy any equipment.   I can earn some extra income playing in church if I had a decent guitar because I need extra income.   I am struggling to keep my head above water and just need some assistance from someone and I hope it will be your organization.   If you do let me have a guitar can you describe it for me what it looks like because I am just curious.   Thank you if you can take me into consideration and help me at all.

Sincerely,

Kenneth R.

Dear Linda,

Thank you for the good news!   I would love to have the guitar you described because I know I can use it.  Thank you for having confidence in me to offer it to me.   I will be waiting anxiously to receive it.

Kenneth R.

Dear Linda,

Thanks to you and the Coalition a million times!   I am so excited about the guitar and can’t wait to play on it.   May God bless you and all the musicians you know.  I’m so grateful and I won’t forget you.

Kenneth R

Dear Linda,

I received my guitar on Tuesday and am sorry for the delay in letting you know that.   It’s fantastic!   I played it during choir rehearsal on Thursday and it sounded “Sweet”. Many wonderful thanks to you and your organization again!

Kenneth R.

JULY 2008

Hi,

My 8 year old daughter is in reading camp at Fifth Ave. School in East Northport. She thoroughly enjoyed your performance yesterday and wants to know if you have a cd out.Theresa loves music and could not stop talking about how talented you all were. Thank you

Eileen Z

EXCERPTS OF MAIL FROM THE CDM ARCHIVES:
Hi! this is a brilliant website and provides much positive and helpful information. Thank you! I am a physiotherapy student in England working on a spinal injury placement, I am a musician myself and chose to investigate into this for my presentation topic knowing how keen my patients are themselves in music this has been a great help. well done! Trudy Smith

My eleven year old son is missing his right arm. He wants to play the guitar. How can we help him to “hold a pick”
Phil Wexler

Mr. Wexler: If you could provide us with your email address, we could research your question and give you a more complete response. Email us at CDMNews@aol.com Thanks! CDM

I sent email requesting info. I have a reconstructed spine and am in cronic pain 24/7. I have been unable to work. I have started a Country Blues Act and am just about to complete our first CD. I was so encouraged by your website as no one else seems to understand how pain effects your life. With constant medication music has been my only outlet. Thank God for music! Thank God for you! Keep up the good work for you never know who you will touch and encourage!

WOTCHA i’m a professional musician,a double bass player who wants to educate people to the idea that disabled people can entertain music lovers as well as anyone despite,as in my case,being unable to walk.If anyone wants to communicate that would be cool-philbenson@onetel.net.uk

i loved the range of otion at are school[southwest] it was so cool when you let us dance. please come again fropm amanda

Hello i’m a 18 year old drummer with Muscular Dystrophy. I mostly play heavy metal and punk but I have had some experience with funk (If you can play funk you can usually play anything). I have tons of experience playing shows and what not. I guess I chose the drums because it’s one of the most adiquate instruments I could think of for the disabled musician because you can basically change your setup around to fit your disability. I’ve been playing for about 5 years in a band and have done a few blues projects on the side.
————-Ray p.s. I can be contacted at drum_machine40@hotmail.com

to the range of motion.you guys make a good group and you sound very nice and you make a good team

What a great site! This is an encouragement for everyone! I am a music teacher, and the adaptive devices you have created are great ideas. Thanks for your courage and vision! Cindy

Hello from Norway! Watching this site for the first time, and i really like what i see.It is very uplifting to discover that an organization like this one exists ! I`ve been paralyzed and a wheelchair-user for fourteen years and been a part of a band as a keyboard player for the last eleven. Keep up the spirit guys,this is NOT the last visit to your site!! It is great if musiclovers would like to communicate with me, my address: aageris@online.no

I have a child wanting to join my school band who is disabled by virtue of having only one arm. He wishes to play drums. Do you have any ideas? Thanks Marsha Lindmark King School

To Marsha Lindmark King School on previous post. Please email us at cdmnews@aol.com for specific requests like this. It is much easier to have a conversation on your problem that way. Thanks! CDM, Inc.

This looks like a wonderful site. My father played amateur mandolin before he had a stroke. He is paralyzed on his left side. Do you know any way he could still play?

To the author of the previous post – we at CDM would like to submit your question to our adaptive equipment and guitar playing members, but it would be helpful if we had more information on your dad’s condition. Please submit your question to us via email so we can contact you directly and have a better conversation. Our email is CDMNews@AOL.COM

I’m glad to have found this site. I thought I was the only one who preformed music from a wheelchair. Have gigged for years with many bands and sang a thousand songs. Keep up the good work.

Hi my name is Kevin and I have A.D.D. what is known as Attention Defecit Disorder. I am currently starting a non-for-profit organization dealing with teaching young children both with disablilities and non-disablities, how to play certian instruments, digital recording / production here in Chicago IL. I would like some pointers on how I can get funding for something like this and who may be interested in donating equipment, I know this is forward, but I really have a love for music and helping people like myself develope there love for music. I just need help getting started on the write (note) so if you would help me with just the information i can take it from there. I just wanted to ask someone who has the same dream and who could help me the best. My email address is edensongsschoolofarts@netzero.net please respond Thank you.

I’m so happy to have found your web-site! I’m a former music teacher and trumpet player with Primary Lateral Sclerosis. I’d like to find something to do in music education on the computer. Any ideas? Julia Walker in Cincinnatiwwalkerbry@cs.com

hi to all music-lovers around the world from http://www.race.at/

On January 18th you performed at an assembly in Bretton Woods Elementary. It was not only entertaining, but informative and uplifting. I think what your organization provides to the public and its members is priceless. I happen to be a Special Education teacher and have always taught my own two children that no one is perfect and everyone has strengths and weakness'( along with tolerance for people that may not able to express themselves verbally or move as quickly as they can). What Range of Motion provided was the visual that, everyone should try and strive to reach their goals. I hope you perform at my children’s school- I gave their principal and director your number. I think all schools should be involved with your organization. Thank you for all that you do! Sincerely, Melissa Drayer-Arnow Bretton Woods Elementary School

Disabled musician UK, 22 seeks similar group in UK. I also want to set up a rock band. I want to join a true music skills development Guild that is not “1984 style”. Please email: mr.k@onmail.co.uk I look forward to hearing you all soon. Love Mr K xxx

Hello… I hate to be so dramatic but -tears- is what happened when I read this website. This is wonderful. Thank you. I too have Muscular Dystrophy and I’ve always wanted to play music but just figured it was out of my reach due to limited use of my hands. A guitar playing friend turned me on to the harmonica and I’ve been learning that and having loads of fun. Tomorrow I will rent a guitar and start developing some adaptive equipment that will allow me to play. I am sure if I put everything I’ve got into it I can make it happen. Maybe it’s already happening I just need to find it. If you have any ideas, information, or input please e-me at bejamn66@aol.com Thank you… Ben in Chico CA

Dear Coalition: Thank you for making this web-site accessible to us who really need it! I am a 12-string guitarist/vocalist/composer who is working on a recording project to benefit the victims and families of victims of the 9/11 events at WTC.All net proceeds will go to them. I am looking for a way to fund the cost of duplicating the thousand CD ‘s necessary for this. Any ideas? Lynn_f@bellsouth.net

Dear Coalition: I am a disabled female 12-string guitarist/vocalist/composer who is currently working in a Professional Recording Studio on a project whose sole purpose is to benefit the victims and families of Sept.11th WTC events.I am being produced and mixed by a local(Ft.Lauderdale) studio head here in Ft.Lauderdale, but we do not have any funding for the reproduction of the 1,000 CD’s we need to duplicate. It is coming along very slowly, as we have NO BUDGET, and are relying on the talents of occasional musicians who drop in. I left you another e-mail but realized that I gave you the wrong e-mail address. Here is where you can reach me,Please forgive the inconvenience.Thank you: Matigal2001@yahoo.comor you can write to me at Lynn A. Fields: 8010 Hampton Blvd.#102 North Lauderdale,Fla. 33068 I would love to know your thought concerning this project. Thank you. Sincerely, lynn a.fields

Hello, I am a 45 year old drummer located in North West, TN. looking for full time work. Pro skills and attitude. Lots of experience playing country, rock, blues, etc. Back up vocals also. I can travel, but I cannot drive due to a vision problem (legally blind) so I need help with transportation. Photo, sound clips, details available at http://www.geocities.com/straycatk Ken 731 364 6946

Hye Don and Linda, Nice to see you’re still up and running. Here’s a link to my website http://www.geocities.com/oidrummer/ Hope to here from you soon! Kurt

I was just talking to Donald Jaeger. Saw the logo on his shirt. He told me a little bit about the organization He suggested going to the web page. It looks good

God bless you! http://www.sharonadelesworld.com/

hi to all music-lovers around the world from austria and http://www.race.at/

gidday from australia , im a left arm amputee above elbow . any ideas on playing the guitar or lapsteel . very keen to learn , thanks ,nick750t@hotmail.com

This is great!

Thank you for this wonderful effort and site! The time is now more than ever to realize this great source of creativity. My experiences with children have been nothing short of magical. We all need to work together.
If anyone is interested my work with disabled children and music composition please visit: http://www.fingersteps.org/. This is the most enriching musical experience I have ever had. It is only beginning. My best to all. Dan Moffatt:danmoffatt@hotmail.com

great idea i am new to luthiering (guitar building)an have some disabilitys not a player but LOVE to work on guitars keep up the GOODwork scott Treiber stkustom@yahoo.com

Please help me open the doors for the disabled in the years to come. Will you help my dream come true. I have my CD in Paradise Valley Mall in Sam Goodys on consignment. I need somebody like you to help me so I can have a CD this Christmas
Patty Mowery Thank you
Here is what the news said about me?.
Poet/Storyteller Patty Mowery Performs Poet and storyteller Patty Mowery is creative, resourceful AND persistant. Speaking of her life and disability, Patty states, “Through out the years I have tried to hold on to my dreams, I kept them alive by setting goals for myself …. I never gave up because that would defeat my purpose. Defeat leads to quitting and I am not a quitter. Part of not giving up is my independence, the harder things are, the more I am determine to go on…” Her persistance has resulted in the fulfilment of her dream to “have a CD with her name on it” and two upcoming performances in the Phoenix area where she will be telling her “heart-warming Christmas story called Annie & Willy’s Prayer. ” She invites you to come, listen and “Help her dreams come true.”
Congratulations on all you have accomplished already! Carolan Quenneville

Hi, Great info. We have a forum to post questions. Maybe you can submit suggestions or comments to help anyone who needs it. Thanks
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This is a wonderful thing. I live in the Los Angeles area and there is nothing here like what you guys have. I wish I could make it out there.
Kayo

Sirs: The site is easily accessible, easy yo understand, I applaud your efforts, thank you. Sincerely, Ed Sprigg edwardsprigg@aol.com President Reel Gold Productions 59 Bliss Rd Unionville, Ct. 06085 860-675-5838http://hometown.aol.com/edwardsprigg

http://hometown.aol.com/specialorchestra/myhomepage/business.html
Please check out A Very Special Orchestra

I truly love this web site. Keep up the good work.
Robert L. Watson

First, I want to tell you how pleased I am to discover your web site for musicians with disabilities. However, as a disability rights activist and musician (mostly composer) with a disability, I’m disappointed by the fact that the site doesn’t appear to be accessible for users of some special screen readers for the blind. I maintain my own personal web site at http://www.geocities.com/dhcpolwnk, and though the site doesn’t include all the bells and whistles that some sites have, I have been able to keep most of it accessible and to alert visitors about accessibility problems over which I have no control.
Second, I wanted to ask whether your organization and/or web site is aimed solely at live performers, or whether it includes composers and those who (like me) work mostly through MIDI equipment and software. I have written quite a few songs, many of which are available in MIDI format of the Songs page of my web site. I’ve also written a couple of more ambitious pieces (“As Heaven Weeps,” a 13-minute tone poem about the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S., and most recently, the “Seven-of-Eight Suite,” a compilation of seven short vignettes in 7/8 meter). Much of this music also is available in MP3 format at http://www.MP3.com.au/LauraRemsonMitchell . I invite you to visit and listen.
Finally, I want to wish you and your organizationation continued success.
–Laura Remson Mitchell

I have one suggestion. The name of your organization should not focus on the negative. It should read “Musicians with Disabilities.” Not disabled musicians.
Max acoustic29@hotmail.com

Dear sirs: Please tell me more about your project, if & how I might get involved. My name is Ed Sprigg, former chief engineer at The Hit Factory in NYC. I have a website on AOL you may check,http://hometown.aol.com/edwardsprigg, President Reel Gold Productions, 59 Bliss Rd. Unionvbille, Ct. 06085,860-675-5838

I’m doing a history fair project on people in the music industry with disabilities. I was hoping you could post some information that might help me. Any information would be nice. Thank you so much

To the history fair student: CDM has no special knowledge of people in the music industry with disabilities. You would have to search this yourself. However,there is plenty of information on this website on musicians associated with CDM – just click on “Musicians.”

I stumbled across your site while surfing the internet and am impressed that their is a resource for disabled musicians. Thanks! I am (or was) a church musician for many years (piano, organ, keyboard, choir, worship leader, and choir director) and I composed music for worship until I suffered a massive stroke in 1999. I miss playing music so much! I am paralyzed on my right side and now I have had a seizure to complicate things further. It is good to know that other musicians are workung through their disabilities also. Perhaps I can gain some encouragement from them via this website.

I enjoyed reading the biographies of the musicians. Very inspiring.

Dear All, Thanking you for the most helpful site we would like to arrange a Colition like that in Russia mainly to help the Musicians deaf as a result of their professional activity. We have heard there is one in Germany and would like to contact it to find out its basics and how to start. We’ll be most grateful for any possible assistance in how to start. Best regards, Maria Khokharina, Interpreter, Moscow yrruh@yahoo.co.uk

Hi, I’m Jon Nixey from Wales in the UK. Was very interested to find this website. Absolutely terrific! I am totally blind and have a partial hearing loss, also suffer with asthma, hypertension, arthritis and fibro mialgia. I mainly play a Yamaha keyboard and compose my own music. Very best wishes to everyone! Jon. http://www.jonnixey.co.uk/

Good Evening My name is Viviane dos Santos Louro. I am in Brazil and I`m a disabled pianist. I Study in a Public School in the Mastership. I am researching about adaptations for disable musicians. I would like to know if you have informations or books about adaptations of the instruments for disabled musicians. Thanks and sorry, I dont write English very well. Viviane viviane_louro@uol.com.br

This is a great site, I am in a wheelchair from a bad accident causing a brain-injury. I also lost my little brother, but I am moving on. I play bass guitar, I have a 4 & 5 string. I am not excelent, but pretty good. I contiue to play and this site is very inspriational. Thanks, e-mail me back if you want.
As a visually impaired person I found the site relatively easy to get around. The use of music on the home page sometimes made it hard for me to hear the text but that may just be my cheap speakers Of course, graphics are not available and I don’t know of any program that would handle that better. I use JAWS and it is not that compatible wth AOL which now runs off/with? google. Using speech programs takes a grat deal of time and patience except if you are reading straight text. That’s all folks! Barbara P.S if you had the time, and there was a demand– you might have a lnk to pages for visally impaired with no graphics,just simple text. good person to talk to is Jerry Randell at Helen Keller Inst.

I, IM A DISABLED ARTIST, AND IM WONDERING IF U COULD CHECK OUT MY STUFF http://artists.iuma.com/IUMA/Bands/tionlee/ -THANIEL LEE TIONLEE@AOL.COM

I am disabled also, I now have a tramatic brain injury, because of a person that I now hate. He not only took my memory and abablity to walk, he also took my little brothers life. But anyway, I am now a disabled musican also. I play bass guitar. I have two, 4 & 5 string. I find it a little difficult, but, I will not let that hold me back. Great site! Very insprinational!

Dear Friend, My name is Khalid Majeed I am a 31years old disable a Wheel Chair user. I am with Muscular Dystrophy from about 15 years. I am a business man and also the President Muscular Dystrophy Association of Pakistan. I am a very jolly type of person and always want to be happy. My hobbies are Writing Poems, Cooking, and help the disables. I am just looking for a great and long time friend there is not difference that the friend is a male or a female I just look for a good and true friend for gift exchange. Or just for chat. I write you more about me if you writs me back. I hope this will finds you in a good of yours health and spirits. Please write me back soon. Very Best Wishes, Khalid Majeed.Dystrophy2001@hotmail.com

Dear Range Of Motion, I just want to say, you are great at working at your goals. Keep up the good work.

nice web

very informative webite, i hope to visit you most often 🙂 Jacob

My name is Simon Illa, I am president and chief producer of Simon Illa Music based in Philadelphia (born with OI). Primarily producing rap and r&b my credits include production with Onyx, Floetry, Lil’ Kim, and numerous indy label artists, not to mention many up and coming artists which I am currently developing. There is much more where that came from…. Check out Producer updates and demo reviews from my ent. attorney at http://www.bernardresnick.com/reviews.html Also, check for feature article in Philadelphia Daily News 1.14.2002 “Hip-Hop’s Next Big Thing” written by Al Hunter… Peace, SimonIlla2003@yahoo.com

great site! keep on to share what you have to serve people and enjoy life. music is wonderful happy sources from God. Wishing you all the best. in prayers! Esther Yau http://www.spreadcare.com/ Hong Kong

I live in Co Durham, I am disabled and in a wheel chair,I love guitar muic since I can remember, I convinied my wife to get me a steel string last Xmas, But I can play very litle, so I am looking for other persons the same if they can play or do they know of any one who teachers beginers. Please get in touch.

To the author of the previous post – we need an email address to get in touch with you. You can email us at CDMNews@aol.com Regards, CDM

Best regards from Canada Jake

I am the president of Potential Unlimited Productions, Inc. Our office is in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. We are a musical performing arts organization for people with developmental disabilities over age 18. We have a wide range of talent and disabilitity of performers. Some work professionally, such as one is a drummer who is with a band that led off a BBKing concert, another is a rehersal pianist for a leading ballet company in Manhattan. Many others are much more disabled and do not work. We have a one week summer camp in Rensselaerville, NY near Albany that concludes with a show at the Guggheim Pavilion. It is held at http://www.riconference/ Center.One week with a staff of 1:2, music instruction, choral workshops, is $750. For more information about our camp and our programs contact Barbara Wurtz, Executive director at (845) 473-3752 OR FAX 845-473-3927

Great website! I enjoyed browsing through it.

if you are a good artist, band, do not hesitate to submit to edwardsprigg@aol.com http://hometown.aol.com/edwardsprigg Reel Gold Productions@aol.com

Hi, i just spent a great tour up north QLD. great place to stay with wheelchair access http://www.kurandahomestay.com/ and hired hand controled car from http://www.cairnsdirect.com/ Tim Fields

Dear CDM: I am not disabled. I am not wanting to discriminate however, in finding members for my band. Are any of your services available to non-disabled persons, to help them include disabled persons in the search for musicians. I am starting a rock & roll band and want to give ample opportunity for disabled persons to audition. My e-mail address is: spiritiswilling@earthlink.net. My telephone number is (908) 874-5039. Thank you very much. Barry De Saw

Your site is uplifting for those of us with disabilities. I am a guitar player, who’s played out for 30 yrs., recently recovering from liver transplant, total renal failure, and 2 yrs. in the hospital with 11 other operations. I need to get out and play again, and I’m having a hard time getting started. Keep up the good work.

Well Done! I am really IMPRESSED! In looking for help for an almost-completely-deaf singer/songwriter, I got a tip from a long-time friend (drummer/hornplayer. WOW! It opened up a whole new world for me! I immediately mailed a link to my sister who’s a retired (37 yrs)high school choral director. I KNOW this site is going to help my musical friend so much. Namaste’ and blessings to all who are a part of this. “Don’t die with your music still in you.” MartiBluEyes

Hello: My Name is Michael Driscoll. I am a disabled musician/composer/arranger and sound engineer. Recently, I have received a grant through RSA/OVR for assistive digital recording technology. I have also started a small independent recording studio in my home. I would like to receive a national referral service information packet. As an individual artists funding by ways of grants and fellowships has been difficult. I live in the Philadelphia area and state funding for individual’s is difficult enough. I am very interested in becoming an advocate for my local disabled community. Any information regarding this subject would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Peace and Music Michael Driscoll P. S. I apologize for the grammar, my dragonfly is having problems.

To Michael Driscoll, author of previous post: We would be happy to send you the information you requested, but you did not leave any contact information in your message. Please reply to cdmnews@aol.com

how do you order cds. scott r. davis bridgeport ct

To the author of the previous post: to order cds, email your request to cdmnews@aol.com

Hi I work with a gentleman who has had a stroke and used to play the saxophone – he now cannot use his left arm. It would be fantastic if he could continue to play – any ideas?

Hello I am a dissabled drummer and guitar player. I can not find how to join. Although I am interested in joining. I live in Greenville Ga, and have drums PA. and guitar and other equipment. Please send information. Thank you very much. Dennie Flowers E mail Busstonee@AOL.com

I have just found your site and I think its great, I am 53 and have cardiac problems, although I have been playing music since I was 6, I do have problems lasting for a 4 hr gig. I just can’t do it.I really need a friend(s) that understand what I’m going through. My email is dustydan47@hotmail.com I live in georgia and would love to hear from somebody
Great to see that u guys exist!! I’m an Occupational Therapy Student at Charles Sturt Uni In Albury NSW, Australia & am a very passionate musician. I Love the idea that you guys have been able to get over any limitations that may have been seen to be in your way, and play music! I’m stoked that I found your site and am now going to head off and see if I can find an Aussie equivalent. Good Luck to you all -Brad bwadlee@hotmail.com

That’s a cool logo. I have HHT (causes lots of bleeding, migraines, and now I’m dealing with severe memory loss as well). It’s good to see that other people manage to make music, even when they are in constant pain. http://www.dilvie.com/

SO GLAD TO FIND YOUR SITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are doing a corporate video and may like permission to utilize your album songs as background music. Please advise. Wendy Richards BunniSteps Designs http://www.bunnisteps.com/ 352-334-7525

Hi Everyone, Was just surfing the net and found your site. My name is Andrew Hewitt, I am a 33 year old drummer from Sydney Australia. I was born with cerebral palsy and walk on crutches. I’ve been playing in bands at a semi-pro level since the late 80s. I have a website at http://www.drummerstix.live.com.au/ which contains a bio, and some recent mp3s which were recorded live at various gigs Ive played recently. Cheers, Andy

Hi I have just visited your website ,its fantastic. I have always been interested in music. I am studying for an Open University Degree here in involves music, although you do not need a great deal of experience in playing an instruent for this course. I would love to learn. I have mild Cerebral Palsy, which effects my right hand although I can move my right hand and arm, I have no dexterity in my fingers. I have always loved the sound of the clarinet,cello and trumpet. Is it possible to play any of these instruments with one hand and I also have asthma. Would this effect play brass/woodwind instruments Thanks for any advice you or anyone else can give me. Thanks Angela Jaap Glasgow Scotland UK email:ajaap@lineone.net

I really enjoyed perusing your site. Keep up the good work!
Hi! this is a brilliant website and provides much positive and helpful information. Thank you! I am a physiotherapy student in England working on a spinal injury placement, I am a musician myself and chose to investigate into this for my presentation topic knowing how keen my patients are themselves in music this has been a great help. well done! Trudy Smith

My eleven year old son is missing his right arm. He wants to play the guitar. How can we help him to “hold a pick”
Phil Wexler

Mr. Wexler: If you could provide us with your email address, we could research your question and give you a more complete response. Email us at CDMNews@aol.com Thanks! CDM

I sent email requesting info. I have a reconstructed spine and am in cronic pain 24/7. I have been unable to work. I have started a Country Blues Act and am just about to complete our first CD. I was so encouraged by your website as no one else seems to understand how pain effects your life. With constant medication music has been my only outlet. Thank God for music! Thank God for you! Keep up the good work for you never know who you will touch and encourage!

WOTCHA i’m a professional musician,a double bass player who wants to educate people to the idea that disabled people can entertain music lovers as well as anyone despite,as in my case,being unable to walk.If anyone wants to communicate that would be cool-philbenson@onetel.net.uk

i loved the range of otion at are school[southwest] it was so cool when you let us dance. please come again fropm amanda

Hello i’m a 18 year old drummer with Muscular Dystrophy. I mostly play heavy metal and punk but I have had some experience with funk (If you can play funk you can usually play anything). I have tons of experience playing shows and what not. I guess I chose the drums because it’s one of the most adiquate instruments I could think of for the disabled musician because you can basically change your setup around to fit your disability. I’ve been playing for about 5 years in a band and have done a few blues projects on the side.
————-Ray p.s. I can be contacted at drum_machine40@hotmail.com

to the range of motion.you guys make a good group and you sound very nice and you make a good team

What a great site! This is an encouragement for everyone! I am a music teacher, and the adaptive devices you have created are great ideas. Thanks for your courage and vision! Cindy

Hello from Norway! Watching this site for the first time, and i really like what i see.It is very uplifting to discover that an organization like this one exists ! I`ve been paralyzed and a wheelchair-user for fourteen years and been a part of a band as a keyboard player for the last eleven. Keep up the spirit guys,this is NOT the last visit to your site!! It is great if musiclovers would like to communicate with me, my address: aageris@online.no

I have a child wanting to join my school band who is disabled by virtue of having only one arm. He wishes to play drums. Do you have any ideas? Thanks Marsha Lindmark King School

To Marsha Lindmark King School on previous post. Please email us at cdmnews@aol.com for specific requests like this. It is much easier to have a conversation on your problem that way. Thanks! CDM, Inc.

This looks like a wonderful site. My father played amateur mandolin before he had a stroke. He is paralyzed on his left side. Do you know any way he could still play?

To the author of the previous post – we at CDM would like to submit your question to our adaptive equipment and guitar playing members, but it would be helpful if we had more information on your dad’s condition. Please submit your question to us via email so we can contact you directly and have a better conversation. Our email is CDMNews@AOL.COM

I’m glad to have found this site. I thought I was the only one who preformed music from a wheelchair. Have gigged for years with many bands and sang a thousand songs. Keep up the good work.

Hi my name is Kevin and I have A.D.D. what is known as Attention Defecit Disorder. I am currently starting a non-for-profit organization dealing with teaching young children both with disablilities and non-disablities, how to play certian instruments, digital recording / production here in Chicago IL. I would like some pointers on how I can get funding for something like this and who may be interested in donating equipment, I know this is forward, but I really have a love for music and helping people like myself develope there love for music. I just need help getting started on the write (note) so if you would help me with just the information i can take it from there. I just wanted to ask someone who has the same dream and who could help me the best. My email address is edensongsschoolofarts@netzero.net please respond Thank you.

I’m so happy to have found your web-site! I’m a former music teacher and trumpet player with Primary Lateral Sclerosis. I’d like to find something to do in music education on the computer. Any ideas? Julia Walker in Cincinnatiwwalkerbry@cs.com

hi to all music-lovers around the world from http://www.race.at/

On January 18th you performed at an assembly in Bretton Woods Elementary. It was not only entertaining, but informative and uplifting. I think what your organization provides to the public and its members is priceless. I happen to be a Special Education teacher and have always taught my own two children that no one is perfect and everyone has strengths and weakness'( along with tolerance for people that may not able to express themselves verbally or move as quickly as they can). What Range of Motion provided was the visual that, everyone should try and strive to reach their goals. I hope you perform at my children’s school- I gave their principal and director your number. I think all schools should be involved with your organization. Thank you for all that you do! Sincerely, Melissa Drayer-Arnow Bretton Woods Elementary School

Disabled musician UK, 22 seeks similar group in UK. I also want to set up a rock band. I want to join a true music skills development Guild that is not “1984 style”. Please email: mr.k@onmail.co.uk I look forward to hearing you all soon. Love Mr K xxx

Hello… I hate to be so dramatic but -tears- is what happened when I read this website. This is wonderful. Thank you. I too have Muscular Dystrophy and I’ve always wanted to play music but just figured it was out of my reach due to limited use of my hands. A guitar playing friend turned me on to the harmonica and I’ve been learning that and having loads of fun. Tomorrow I will rent a guitar and start developing some adaptive equipment that will allow me to play. I am sure if I put everything I’ve got into it I can make it happen. Maybe it’s already happening I just need to find it. If you have any ideas, information, or input please e-me at bejamn66@aol.com Thank you… Ben in Chico CA

Dear Coalition: Thank you for making this web-site accessible to us who really need it! I am a 12-string guitarist/vocalist/composer who is working on a recording project to benefit the victims and families of victims of the 9/11 events at WTC.All net proceeds will go to them. I am looking for a way to fund the cost of duplicating the thousand CD ‘s necessary for this. Any ideas? Lynn_f@bellsouth.net

Dear Coalition: I am a disabled female 12-string guitarist/vocalist/composer who is currently working in a Professional Recording Studio on a project whose sole purpose is to benefit the victims and families of Sept.11th WTC events.I am being produced and mixed by a local(Ft.Lauderdale) studio head here in Ft.Lauderdale, but we do not have any funding for the reproduction of the 1,000 CD’s we need to duplicate. It is coming along very slowly, as we have NO BUDGET, and are relying on the talents of occasional musicians who drop in. I left you another e-mail but realized that I gave you the wrong e-mail address. Here is where you can reach me,Please forgive the inconvenience.Thank you: Matigal2001@yahoo.comor you can write to me at Lynn A. Fields: 8010 Hampton Blvd.#102 North Lauderdale,Fla. 33068 I would love to know your thought concerning this project. Thank you. Sincerely, lynn a.fields

Hello, I am a 45 year old drummer located in North West, TN. looking for full time work. Pro skills and attitude. Lots of experience playing country, rock, blues, etc. Back up vocals also. I can travel, but I cannot drive due to a vision problem (legally blind) so I need help with transportation. Photo, sound clips, details available at http://www.geocities.com/straycatk Ken 731 364 6946

Hye Don and Linda, Nice to see you’re still up and running. Here’s a link to my website http://www.geocities.com/oidrummer/ Hope to here from you soon! Kurt

I was just talking to Donald Jaeger. Saw the logo on his shirt. He told me a little bit about the organization He suggested going to the web page. It looks good

God bless you! http://www.sharonadelesworld.com/

hi to all music-lovers around the world from austria and http://www.race.at/

gidday from australia , im a left arm amputee above elbow . any ideas on playing the guitar or lapsteel . very keen to learn , thanks ,nick750t@hotmail.com

This is great!

Thank you for this wonderful effort and site! The time is now more than ever to realize this great source of creativity. My experiences with children have been nothing short of magical. We all need to work together.
If anyone is interested my work with disabled children and music composition please visit: http://www.fingersteps.org/. This is the most enriching musical experience I have ever had. It is only beginning. My best to all. Dan Moffatt:danmoffatt@hotmail.com

great idea i am new to luthiering (guitar building)an have some disabilitys not a player but LOVE to work on guitars keep up the GOODwork scott Treiber stkustom@yahoo.com

Please help me open the doors for the disabled in the years to come. Will you help my dream come true. I have my CD in Paradise Valley Mall in Sam Goodys on consignment. I need somebody like you to help me so I can have a CD this Christmas
Patty Mowery Thank you
Here is what the news said about me?.
Poet/Storyteller Patty Mowery Performs Poet and storyteller Patty Mowery is creative, resourceful AND persistant. Speaking of her life and disability, Patty states, “Through out the years I have tried to hold on to my dreams, I kept them alive by setting goals for myself …. I never gave up because that would defeat my purpose. Defeat leads to quitting and I am not a quitter. Part of not giving up is my independence, the harder things are, the more I am determine to go on…” Her persistance has resulted in the fulfilment of her dream to “have a CD with her name on it” and two upcoming performances in the Phoenix area where she will be telling her “heart-warming Christmas story called Annie & Willy’s Prayer. ” She invites you to come, listen and “Help her dreams come true.”
Congratulations on all you have accomplished already! Carolan Quenneville

Hi, Great info. We have a forum to post questions. Maybe you can submit suggestions or comments to help anyone who needs it. Thanks
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This is a wonderful thing. I live in the Los Angeles area and there is nothing here like what you guys have. I wish I could make it out there.
Kayo

Sirs: The site is easily accessible, easy yo understand, I applaud your efforts, thank you. Sincerely, Ed Sprigg edwardsprigg@aol.com President Reel Gold Productions 59 Bliss Rd Unionville, Ct. 06085 860-675-5838http://hometown.aol.com/edwardsprigg

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Please check out A Very Special Orchestra

I truly love this web site. Keep up the good work.
Robert L. Watson

First, I want to tell you how pleased I am to discover your web site for musicians with disabilities. However, as a disability rights activist and musician (mostly composer) with a disability, I’m disappointed by the fact that the site doesn’t appear to be accessible for users of some special screen readers for the blind. I maintain my own personal web site at http://www.geocities.com/dhcpolwnk, and though the site doesn’t include all the bells and whistles that some sites have, I have been able to keep most of it accessible and to alert visitors about accessibility problems over which I have no control.
Second, I wanted to ask whether your organization and/or web site is aimed solely at live performers, or whether it includes composers and those who (like me) work mostly through MIDI equipment and software. I have written quite a few songs, many of which are available in MIDI format of the Songs page of my web site. I’ve also written a couple of more ambitious pieces (“As Heaven Weeps,” a 13-minute tone poem about the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S., and most recently, the “Seven-of-Eight Suite,” a compilation of seven short vignettes in 7/8 meter). Much of this music also is available in MP3 format at http://www.MP3.com.au/LauraRemsonMitchell . I invite you to visit and listen.
Finally, I want to wish you and your organizationation continued success.
–Laura Remson Mitchell

I have one suggestion. The name of your organization should not focus on the negative. It should read “Musicians with Disabilities.” Not disabled musicians.
Max acoustic29@hotmail.com

Dear sirs: Please tell me more about your project, if & how I might get involved. My name is Ed Sprigg, former chief engineer at The Hit Factory in NYC. I have a website on AOL you may check,http://hometown.aol.com/edwardsprigg, President Reel Gold Productions, 59 Bliss Rd. Unionvbille, Ct. 06085,860-675-5838

I’m doing a history fair project on people in the music industry with disabilities. I was hoping you could post some information that might help me. Any information would be nice. Thank you so much

To the history fair student: CDM has no special knowledge of people in the music industry with disabilities. You would have to search this yourself. However,there is plenty of information on this website on musicians associated with CDM – just click on “Musicians.”

I stumbled across your site while surfing the internet and am impressed that their is a resource for disabled musicians. Thanks! I am (or was) a church musician for many years (piano, organ, keyboard, choir, worship leader, and choir director) and I composed music for worship until I suffered a massive stroke in 1999. I miss playing music so much! I am paralyzed on my right side and now I have had a seizure to complicate things further. It is good to know that other musicians are workung through their disabilities also. Perhaps I can gain some encouragement from them via this website.

I enjoyed reading the biographies of the musicians. Very inspiring.

Dear All, Thanking you for the most helpful site we would like to arrange a Colition like that in Russia mainly to help the Musicians deaf as a result of their professional activity. We have heard there is one in Germany and would like to contact it to find out its basics and how to start. We’ll be most grateful for any possible assistance in how to start. Best regards, Maria Khokharina, Interpreter, Moscow yrruh@yahoo.co.uk

Hi, I’m Jon Nixey from Wales in the UK. Was very interested to find this website. Absolutely terrific! I am totally blind and have a partial hearing loss, also suffer with asthma, hypertension, arthritis and fibro mialgia. I mainly play a Yamaha keyboard and compose my own music. Very best wishes to everyone! Jon. http://www.jonnixey.co.uk/

Good Evening My name is Viviane dos Santos Louro. I am in Brazil and I`m a disabled pianist. I Study in a Public School in the Mastership. I am researching about adaptations for disable musicians. I would like to know if you have informations or books about adaptations of the instruments for disabled musicians. Thanks and sorry, I dont write English very well. Viviane viviane_louro@uol.com.br

This is a great site, I am in a wheelchair from a bad accident causing a brain-injury. I also lost my little brother, but I am moving on. I play bass guitar, I have a 4 & 5 string. I am not excelent, but pretty good. I contiue to play and this site is very inspriational. Thanks, e-mail me back if you want.
As a visually impaired person I found the site relatively easy to get around. The use of music on the home page sometimes made it hard for me to hear the text but that may just be my cheap speakers Of course, graphics are not available and I don’t know of any program that would handle that better. I use JAWS and it is not that compatible wth AOL which now runs off/with? google. Using speech programs takes a grat deal of time and patience except if you are reading straight text. That’s all folks! Barbara P.S if you had the time, and there was a demand– you might have a lnk to pages for visally impaired with no graphics,just simple text. good person to talk to is Jerry Randell at Helen Keller Inst.

I, IM A DISABLED ARTIST, AND IM WONDERING IF U COULD CHECK OUT MY STUFF http://artists.iuma.com/IUMA/Bands/tionlee/ -THANIEL LEE TIONLEE@AOL.COM

I am disabled also, I now have a tramatic brain injury, because of a person that I now hate. He not only took my memory and abablity to walk, he also took my little brothers life. But anyway, I am now a disabled musican also. I play bass guitar. I have two, 4 & 5 string. I find it a little difficult, but, I will not let that hold me back. Great site! Very insprinational!

Dear Friend, My name is Khalid Majeed I am a 31years old disable a Wheel Chair user. I am with Muscular Dystrophy from about 15 years. I am a business man and also the President Muscular Dystrophy Association of Pakistan. I am a very jolly type of person and always want to be happy. My hobbies are Writing Poems, Cooking, and help the disables. I am just looking for a great and long time friend there is not difference that the friend is a male or a female I just look for a good and true friend for gift exchange. Or just for chat. I write you more about me if you writs me back. I hope this will finds you in a good of yours health and spirits. Please write me back soon. Very Best Wishes, Khalid Majeed.Dystrophy2001@hotmail.com

Dear Range Of Motion, I just want to say, you are great at working at your goals. Keep up the good work.

nice web

very informative webite, i hope to visit you most often 🙂 Jacob

My name is Simon Illa, I am president and chief producer of Simon Illa Music based in Philadelphia (born with OI). Primarily producing rap and r&b my credits include production with Onyx, Floetry, Lil’ Kim, and numerous indy label artists, not to mention many up and coming artists which I am currently developing. There is much more where that came from…. Check out Producer updates and demo reviews from my ent. attorney at http://www.bernardresnick.com/reviews.html Also, check for feature article in Philadelphia Daily News 1.14.2002 “Hip-Hop’s Next Big Thing” written by Al Hunter… Peace, SimonIlla2003@yahoo.com

great site! keep on to share what you have to serve people and enjoy life. music is wonderful happy sources from God. Wishing you all the best. in prayers! Esther Yau http://www.spreadcare.com/ Hong Kong

I live in Co Durham, I am disabled and in a wheel chair,I love guitar muic since I can remember, I convinied my wife to get me a steel string last Xmas, But I can play very litle, so I am looking for other persons the same if they can play or do they know of any one who teachers beginers. Please get in touch.

To the author of the previous post – we need an email address to get in touch with you. You can email us at CDMNews@aol.com Regards, CDM

Best regards from Canada Jake

I am the president of Potential Unlimited Productions, Inc. Our office is in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. We are a musical performing arts organization for people with developmental disabilities over age 18. We have a wide range of talent and disabilitity of performers. Some work professionally, such as one is a drummer who is with a band that led off a BBKing concert, another is a rehersal pianist for a leading ballet company in Manhattan. Many others are much more disabled and do not work. We have a one week summer camp in Rensselaerville, NY near Albany that concludes with a show at the Guggheim Pavilion. It is held at http://www.riconference/ Center.One week with a staff of 1:2, music instruction, choral workshops, is $750. For more information about our camp and our programs contact Barbara Wurtz, Executive director at (845) 473-3752 OR FAX 845-473-3927

Great website! I enjoyed browsing through it.

if you are a good artist, band, do not hesitate to submit to edwardsprigg@aol.com http://hometown.aol.com/edwardsprigg Reel Gold Productions@aol.com

Hi, i just spent a great tour up north QLD. great place to stay with wheelchair access http://www.kurandahomestay.com/ and hired hand controled car from http://www.cairnsdirect.com/ Tim Fields

Dear CDM: I am not disabled. I am not wanting to discriminate however, in finding members for my band. Are any of your services available to non-disabled persons, to help them include disabled persons in the search for musicians. I am starting a rock & roll band and want to give ample opportunity for disabled persons to audition. My e-mail address is: spiritiswilling@earthlink.net. My telephone number is (908) 874-5039. Thank you very much. Barry De Saw

Your site is uplifting for those of us with disabilities. I am a guitar player, who’s played out for 30 yrs., recently recovering from liver transplant, total renal failure, and 2 yrs. in the hospital with 11 other operations. I need to get out and play again, and I’m having a hard time getting started. Keep up the good work.

Well Done! I am really IMPRESSED! In looking for help for an almost-completely-deaf singer/songwriter, I got a tip from a long-time friend (drummer/hornplayer. WOW! It opened up a whole new world for me! I immediately mailed a link to my sister who’s a retired (37 yrs)high school choral director. I KNOW this site is going to help my musical friend so much. Namaste’ and blessings to all who are a part of this. “Don’t die with your music still in you.” MartiBluEyes

Hello: My Name is Michael Driscoll. I am a disabled musician/composer/arranger and sound engineer. Recently, I have received a grant through RSA/OVR for assistive digital recording technology. I have also started a small independent recording studio in my home. I would like to receive a national referral service information packet. As an individual artists funding by ways of grants and fellowships has been difficult. I live in the Philadelphia area and state funding for individual’s is difficult enough. I am very interested in becoming an advocate for my local disabled community. Any information regarding this subject would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Peace and Music Michael Driscoll P. S. I apologize for the grammar, my dragonfly is having problems.

To Michael Driscoll, author of previous post: We would be happy to send you the information you requested, but you did not leave any contact information in your message. Please reply to cdmnews@aol.com

how do you order cds. scott r. davis bridgeport ct

To the author of the previous post: to order cds, email your request to cdmnews@aol.com

Hi I work with a gentleman who has had a stroke and used to play the saxophone – he now cannot use his left arm. It would be fantastic if he could continue to play – any ideas?

Hello I am a dissabled drummer and guitar player. I can not find how to join. Although I am interested in joining. I live in Greenville Ga, and have drums PA. and guitar and other equipment. Please send information. Thank you very much. Dennie Flowers E mail Busstonee@AOL.com

I have just found your site and I think its great, I am 53 and have cardiac problems, although I have been playing music since I was 6, I do have problems lasting for a 4 hr gig. I just can’t do it.I really need a friend(s) that understand what I’m going through. My email is dustydan47@hotmail.com I live in georgia and would love to hear from somebody
Great to see that u guys exist!! I’m an Occupational Therapy Student at Charles Sturt Uni In Albury NSW, Australia & am a very passionate musician. I Love the idea that you guys have been able to get over any limitations that may have been seen to be in your way, and play music! I’m stoked that I found your site and am now going to head off and see if I can find an Aussie equivalent. Good Luck to you all -Brad bwadlee@hotmail.com

That’s a cool logo. I have HHT (causes lots of bleeding, migraines, and now I’m dealing with severe memory loss as well). It’s good to see that other people manage to make music, even when they are in constant pain. http://www.dilvie.com/

SO GLAD TO FIND YOUR SITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are doing a corporate video and may like permission to utilize your album songs as background music. Please advise. Wendy Richards BunniSteps Designs http://www.bunnisteps.com/ 352-334-7525

Hi Everyone, Was just surfing the net and found your site. My name is Andrew Hewitt, I am a 33 year old drummer from Sydney Australia. I was born with cerebral palsy and walk on crutches. I’ve been playing in bands at a semi-pro level since the late 80s. I have a website at http://www.drummerstix.live.com.au/ which contains a bio, and some recent mp3s which were recorded live at various gigs Ive played recently. Cheers, Andy

Hi I have just visited your website ,its fantastic. I have always been interested in music. I am studying for an Open University Degree here in involves music, although you do not need a great deal of experience in playing an instruent for this course. I would love to learn. I have mild Cerebral Palsy, which effects my right hand although I can move my right hand and arm, I have no dexterity in my fingers. I have always loved the sound of the clarinet,cello and trumpet. Is it possible to play any of these instruments with one hand and I also have asthma. Would this effect play brass/woodwind instruments Thanks for any advice you or anyone else can give me. Thanks Angela Jaap Glasgow Scotland UK email:ajaap@lineone.net

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Comments, Praise and Suggestions

APRIL 2009 TOUR OF COMMACK SCHOOLS

Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2009 07:22:21 -0500

Dear Linda:

I want to sincerely thank you for the wonderful performance by the Coalition at W P on Wednesday.  I heard from so many people and children on how wonderful it was.  It was even mentioned at the PTA Council Meeting last night….I heard they performed an encore and played the Jonas brothers, etc.  They were an extremely big hit in our entire district!

Thank you to you and each and every one of the fabulous performers/artists!

My very best to you,

  1. S.

W.P. – PTA

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Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2009 07:22:21 -0500

Subject: Re: RE: Coalition of Disabled Musicians

John went to a birthday party yesterday afternoon & I overheard some of the kids talking about the concert & how great it was.  If that isn’t great feedback, I don’t know what is!

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Apr 1, 2009 03:09:38 PM
Thank you for EVERYTHING this week!  I am sooo happy they enjoyed the program and happy to hear it was FABULOUS!

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Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 13:24:56 -0500

Subject: Re: Coalition of Disabled Musicians
Hi,

I just wanted to let you know that the concerts today were FABULOUS.  The kids were up dancing and having a great time (especially when they played a Jonas Brothers song!).  The band even performed an encore during the second performance because the kids asked them to.  Linda & the other band members were very nice and really engaged the kids.

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Hi Guys – thanks for your email, we had a great time too!  Let’s see, let’s get down to those questions…

How do you get some of the ideas for your great songs?

Everybody has different favorite songs and song styles (rock, pop, blues, country and alternative).  We each pick out songs that we like and then work within the band to learn how to play them.  Sometimes, we also get some suggestions from students in the schools to se e what some of their favorites are.  We practice at least once a week together and we all practice at home some too.

Where else can we see you perform?

Check our website (www.disabled-musicians.org) from time to time to see where we will be playing next.  Hopefully we will be invited back to your school next year! 

Have you met any famous musicians?

We have met and still keep in touch with Billy Joel’s drummer, Liberty DeVito and World Famous studio drummer and inspirational speaker, Dom Famularo.

When did you start playing together as a band?

The Coalition for Disabled Musicians has been around for 23 years now.  The folks in the band “Range of Motion,” who you saw today, have all been playing together for 12 years.

Have you played in any famous places?

“Range of Motion” has played in the “A rtscape Music Festival” in Baltimore, Maryland for about 10,000 people and also for a large community festival down in Mathews, Virginia.  We have also been featured on programs such as, CNN, Court TV, The Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, WLNY News TV55, Cablevision’s “Neighborhood Journal” and we were recently featured on News12 Long Island.

Thanks again for having us and thanks for your email. I hope I was able to answer your questions.

Keep Rockin’, Keep Dreamin’,

Linda Jaeger

Coalition for Disabled Musicians

www.disabled-musicians.org

“CDM was formed to give the disabled the opportunity to pursue their Musical Dreams!”

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Sent: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 3:28 pm

Subject: Today’s Performance

Dear Range of Motion,    April 1, 2009
We had a great time listening to your music today! All Star was our favorite

song. We loved singing along with your band. It is awesome that you don’t let

your disabilities get in the way of your musical talents.

We have a few questions for you. How do you get some of the ideas for your great

songs? Where else can we see you perform? Have you met any famous musicians?

When did you

start playing together as a band? Have you played in any famous

places?

We appreciate you coming to our school today and welcome you in the future.

Thank you for practicing so hard and making your music sound so great.

Sincerely,

2nd grade class

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Dear Biggest Fan – Thank you so much for your email!

It’s very nice to hear back from people who have seen our show (especially when they say they like it)!

I am sending you a copy of a picture of the band so you have something to remember us.  Don’t forget to tell you teacher that you liked the show, and maybe we’ll come back next year!

Take care,

Linda Jaeger

Coalition for Disabled Musicians

www.disabled-musicians.org

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Sent: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 8:18 pm

Subject: FAN MAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HI GUYS,

IM YOUR BIGGEST FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PLEASE RIGHT BACK. GOODBYE.

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Hi Christine – thank you for your email.  We’re glad you’re son had such a good time!  We had a great time too.  And yes, the students were so good during the performance that we were able to ask them to dance on our final song “Twist & Shout”.  I’m sending along a picture of the group for him, I hope he likes it.

Best Regards,

Linda Jaeger

Coalition for Disabled Musicians

www.disabled-musicians.org

p.s. – Make sure you let your PTA rep. know that your son enjoyed the show so much, and maybe we’ll be invited back again!  And tell your son we said “Hi”

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Sent: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 1:33 pm
Hi,

My son goes to I H P School.  He was telling me about a concert of musicians he saw and was very excited and thrilled with the experience.  He told me “We got to dance because it was so good”.

I just wanted to send a little note letting you know your performance was very much enjoyed.

Thanks,

Christine

MARCH 2009

Dear Friends,

What a fantastic web site.  After playing my violin for 44 years, even with the Boston Symphony. I have recently had my right arm amputated after a tragic motorcycle accident at 10 mph.  It now sits between two Strads in a vault.  In an effort to manage my musical “needs,” I’m trying to learn how to strum my Martin Ukulele, but it seems to be impossible.  Is there any mechanical device that would allow the chance to strum for me since I am able to generate the chords with my left hand?

Please let me know.  Blessings, Cliff

Hi Cliff – thank you for your email.   I am so sorry to hear about your accident. Your accomplishments over the past 44 years are amazing!   But life has a freaky way of presenting new challenges to people.

I know one musician who plays the fiddle and I wanted to bounce your question off of him, but I need to know if it was a full or partial amputation in order to give him the best information to work with.   We don’t always come up with solutions for everybody’s questions, but I’ll see what we can do for you.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Best Regards,
Linda Jaeger
Coalition for Disabled Musicians

Hi.  Thanks for your note.  My amputation is at my rt. bicep & my shoulder is held together with rods & remains in place.  I am very grateful to you.  Cliff

Hi Cliff – I have some suggestions for you, I hope they are helpful.

Linda Jaeger
Coalition for Disabled Musicians

Hi Cliff,

There are a number of people in similar situations. I suggest tuning the instrument in open tuning, such as “G”, or “C”. This enables you to play a chord by barring one fret. With a slide on the pinky of the left hand, slide to the fret you want to sound, and pick, or strum (brush across strings) with the remaining fingers of that hand. This amounts to playing with one hand. I know this is tricky, and may take a while to get used to, but once you understand the concept, it works.

The instrument is laid on your lap, as with a lapsteel. Lay the slide across the neck, slide up and down the neck smoothly, and pick the strings with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd finger.

I hope you can try this, and let us know how you progress!!!

Thank you –  Hope This helps!!!

John Phillips

Coalition for Disabled Musicians

Hey Linda.

I would like to get additional info to Cliff;

Hi Cliff.

There is another instrument you might consider, it’s called a “THEREMIN.” It’s a Synthesizer, a bar similar to a guitar neck. You just run your hand near it, no need to touch it, electrical pickups make the sound. It is capable of the greatest feats!

If you have trouble finding it, it was originally a MOOG product.

Keep Seeking!!!

John

John – here is a response from our violinist friend…..L

Bless everyone for their suggestions.  I guess we all know why God surrounds herself with musicians (harpists).  She knows it heals the soul, EVERYONE’S.

As one violinist said to the guitarist, don’t fret over it; pull up your “G” string and get back up on the horse.

With brotherly admiration,
(“G”-Cliff),,, instead of clef

DECEMBER 2008
In a message dated 12/11/08 7:42:32 PM, DeAnna writes:

Hi I enjoyed your show alot. (I go to Connetquot Elementary school) How did you guys come up with the band? Did your band write “what I like about you”?. I hope u can answer my questions

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DeAnna
Hi DeAnna – Thanks for your email.  We’re really glad that you enjoyed the show.  We had a great time too!  You were all so energetic!

To answer your questions…
The band “Range of Motion” was formed almost 23 years ago by a drummer with a back injury who wanted to continue to play his drums despite his disability.  He talked with his family, friends, neighbors and people in his community and put ads in local newspapers looking for other musicians with disabilities.  People answered his ad and that’s how we all came together.

Although we did play two of our own songs for you at the school the other day, the song, “What I Like About You” was written by a band called The Romantics, many years ago.  There is also a popular TV show of the same name, which you may have seen.  If you are interested in any of our original music, you can listen to sound clips on our website at www.disabled-musicians.org.  We also sell our CD through the website.

Thank you for your interest in our organization, and thanks for being a part of such a great audience!

Best Regards & Happy Holidays!
Linda, Tom, Mikey, Pat and John
Coalition for Disabled Musicians, Inc.
OCTOBER 2008

Dear Linda,

I have been a professional musician for over 40 years.   I was displaced by Hurricane Katrina and came to live here in Knoxville, TN with relatives in 2005.  I lost all my music equipment during that disaster and have been trying to get back on my feet every since.  I haven’t been able to replace my music equipment with what I had before the disaster.   But I have been making do with what I could get.  But that guitar with the short in it hasn’t done me any good.   I have been placed on disability because of leg and back problems and I only get limited $ a month which is not enough to live on let alone buy any equipment.   I can earn some extra income playing in church if I had a decent guitar because I need extra income.   I am struggling to keep my head above water and just need some assistance from someone and I hope it will be your organization.   If you do let me have a guitar can you describe it for me what it looks like because I am just curious.   Thank you if you can take me into consideration and help me at all.

Sincerely,

Kenneth R.

Dear Linda,

Thank you for the good news!   I would love to have the guitar you described because I know I can use it.  Thank you for having confidence in me to offer it to me.   I will be waiting anxiously to receive it.

Kenneth R.

Dear Linda,

Thanks to you and the Coalition a million times!   I am so excited about the guitar and can’t wait to play on it.   May God bless you and all the musicians you know.  I’m so grateful and I won’t forget you.

Kenneth R

Dear Linda,

I received my guitar on Tuesday and am sorry for the delay in letting you know that.   It’s fantastic!   I played it during choir rehearsal on Thursday and it sounded “Sweet”. Many wonderful thanks to you and your organization again!

Kenneth R.

JULY 2008

Hi,

My 8 year old daughter is in reading camp at Fifth Ave. School in East Northport. She thoroughly enjoyed your performance yesterday and wants to know if you have a cd out.Theresa loves music and could not stop talking about how talented you all were. Thank you

Eileen Z

EXCERPTS OF MAIL FROM THE CDM ARCHIVES:
Hi! this is a brilliant website and provides much positive and helpful information. Thank you! I am a physiotherapy student in England working on a spinal injury placement, I am a musician myself and chose to investigate into this for my presentation topic knowing how keen my patients are themselves in music this has been a great help. well done! Trudy Smith

My eleven year old son is missing his right arm. He wants to play the guitar. How can we help him to “hold a pick”
Phil Wexler

Mr. Wexler: If you could provide us with your email address, we could research your question and give you a more complete response. Email us at CDMNews@aol.com Thanks! CDM

I sent email requesting info. I have a reconstructed spine and am in cronic pain 24/7. I have been unable to work. I have started a Country Blues Act and am just about to complete our first CD. I was so encouraged by your website as no one else seems to understand how pain effects your life. With constant medication music has been my only outlet. Thank God for music! Thank God for you! Keep up the good work for you never know who you will touch and encourage!

WOTCHA i’m a professional musician,a double bass player who wants to educate people to the idea that disabled people can entertain music lovers as well as anyone despite,as in my case,being unable to walk.If anyone wants to communicate that would be cool-philbenson@onetel.net.uk

i loved the range of otion at are school[southwest] it was so cool when you let us dance. please come again fropm amanda

Hello i’m a 18 year old drummer with Muscular Dystrophy. I mostly play heavy metal and punk but I have had some experience with funk (If you can play funk you can usually play anything). I have tons of experience playing shows and what not. I guess I chose the drums because it’s one of the most adiquate instruments I could think of for the disabled musician because you can basically change your setup around to fit your disability. I’ve been playing for about 5 years in a band and have done a few blues projects on the side.
————-Ray p.s. I can be contacted at drum_machine40@hotmail.com

to the range of motion.you guys make a good group and you sound very nice and you make a good team

What a great site! This is an encouragement for everyone! I am a music teacher, and the adaptive devices you have created are great ideas. Thanks for your courage and vision! Cindy

Hello from Norway! Watching this site for the first time, and i really like what i see.It is very uplifting to discover that an organization like this one exists ! I`ve been paralyzed and a wheelchair-user for fourteen years and been a part of a band as a keyboard player for the last eleven. Keep up the spirit guys,this is NOT the last visit to your site!! It is great if musiclovers would like to communicate with me, my address: aageris@online.no

I have a child wanting to join my school band who is disabled by virtue of having only one arm. He wishes to play drums. Do you have any ideas? Thanks Marsha Lindmark King School

To Marsha Lindmark King School on previous post. Please email us at cdmnews@aol.com for specific requests like this. It is much easier to have a conversation on your problem that way. Thanks! CDM, Inc.

This looks like a wonderful site. My father played amateur mandolin before he had a stroke. He is paralyzed on his left side. Do you know any way he could still play?

To the author of the previous post – we at CDM would like to submit your question to our adaptive equipment and guitar playing members, but it would be helpful if we had more information on your dad’s condition. Please submit your question to us via email so we can contact you directly and have a better conversation. Our email is CDMNews@AOL.COM

I’m glad to have found this site. I thought I was the only one who preformed music from a wheelchair. Have gigged for years with many bands and sang a thousand songs. Keep up the good work.

Hi my name is Kevin and I have A.D.D. what is known as Attention Defecit Disorder. I am currently starting a non-for-profit organization dealing with teaching young children both with disablilities and non-disablities, how to play certian instruments, digital recording / production here in Chicago IL. I would like some pointers on how I can get funding for something like this and who may be interested in donating equipment, I know this is forward, but I really have a love for music and helping people like myself develope there love for music. I just need help getting started on the write (note) so if you would help me with just the information i can take it from there. I just wanted to ask someone who has the same dream and who could help me the best. My email address is edensongsschoolofarts@netzero.net please respond Thank you.

I’m so happy to have found your web-site! I’m a former music teacher and trumpet player with Primary Lateral Sclerosis. I’d like to find something to do in music education on the computer. Any ideas? Julia Walker in Cincinnatiwwalkerbry@cs.com

hi to all music-lovers around the world from http://www.race.at/

On January 18th you performed at an assembly in Bretton Woods Elementary. It was not only entertaining, but informative and uplifting. I think what your organization provides to the public and its members is priceless. I happen to be a Special Education teacher and have always taught my own two children that no one is perfect and everyone has strengths and weakness'( along with tolerance for people that may not able to express themselves verbally or move as quickly as they can). What Range of Motion provided was the visual that, everyone should try and strive to reach their goals. I hope you perform at my children’s school- I gave their principal and director your number. I think all schools should be involved with your organization. Thank you for all that you do! Sincerely, Melissa Drayer-Arnow Bretton Woods Elementary School

Disabled musician UK, 22 seeks similar group in UK. I also want to set up a rock band. I want to join a true music skills development Guild that is not “1984 style”. Please email: mr.k@onmail.co.uk I look forward to hearing you all soon. Love Mr K xxx

Hello… I hate to be so dramatic but -tears- is what happened when I read this website. This is wonderful. Thank you. I too have Muscular Dystrophy and I’ve always wanted to play music but just figured it was out of my reach due to limited use of my hands. A guitar playing friend turned me on to the harmonica and I’ve been learning that and having loads of fun. Tomorrow I will rent a guitar and start developing some adaptive equipment that will allow me to play. I am sure if I put everything I’ve got into it I can make it happen. Maybe it’s already happening I just need to find it. If you have any ideas, information, or input please e-me at bejamn66@aol.com Thank you… Ben in Chico CA

Dear Coalition: Thank you for making this web-site accessible to us who really need it! I am a 12-string guitarist/vocalist/composer who is working on a recording project to benefit the victims and families of victims of the 9/11 events at WTC.All net proceeds will go to them. I am looking for a way to fund the cost of duplicating the thousand CD ‘s necessary for this. Any ideas? Lynn_f@bellsouth.net

Dear Coalition: I am a disabled female 12-string guitarist/vocalist/composer who is currently working in a Professional Recording Studio on a project whose sole purpose is to benefit the victims and families of Sept.11th WTC events.I am being produced and mixed by a local(Ft.Lauderdale) studio head here in Ft.Lauderdale, but we do not have any funding for the reproduction of the 1,000 CD’s we need to duplicate. It is coming along very slowly, as we have NO BUDGET, and are relying on the talents of occasional musicians who drop in. I left you another e-mail but realized that I gave you the wrong e-mail address. Here is where you can reach me,Please forgive the inconvenience.Thank you: Matigal2001@yahoo.comor you can write to me at Lynn A. Fields: 8010 Hampton Blvd.#102 North Lauderdale,Fla. 33068 I would love to know your thought concerning this project. Thank you. Sincerely, lynn a.fields

Hello, I am a 45 year old drummer located in North West, TN. looking for full time work. Pro skills and attitude. Lots of experience playing country, rock, blues, etc. Back up vocals also. I can travel, but I cannot drive due to a vision problem (legally blind) so I need help with transportation. Photo, sound clips, details available at http://www.geocities.com/straycatk Ken 731 364 6946

Hye Don and Linda, Nice to see you’re still up and running. Here’s a link to my website http://www.geocities.com/oidrummer/ Hope to here from you soon! Kurt

I was just talking to Donald Jaeger. Saw the logo on his shirt. He told me a little bit about the organization He suggested going to the web page. It looks good

God bless you! http://www.sharonadelesworld.com/

hi to all music-lovers around the world from austria and http://www.race.at/

gidday from australia , im a left arm amputee above elbow . any ideas on playing the guitar or lapsteel . very keen to learn , thanks ,nick750t@hotmail.com

This is great!

Thank you for this wonderful effort and site! The time is now more than ever to realize this great source of creativity. My experiences with children have been nothing short of magical. We all need to work together.
If anyone is interested my work with disabled children and music composition please visit: http://www.fingersteps.org/. This is the most enriching musical experience I have ever had. It is only beginning. My best to all. Dan Moffatt:danmoffatt@hotmail.com

great idea i am new to luthiering (guitar building)an have some disabilitys not a player but LOVE to work on guitars keep up the GOODwork scott Treiber stkustom@yahoo.com

Please help me open the doors for the disabled in the years to come. Will you help my dream come true. I have my CD in Paradise Valley Mall in Sam Goodys on consignment. I need somebody like you to help me so I can have a CD this Christmas
Patty Mowery Thank you
Here is what the news said about me?.
Poet/Storyteller Patty Mowery Performs Poet and storyteller Patty Mowery is creative, resourceful AND persistant. Speaking of her life and disability, Patty states, “Through out the years I have tried to hold on to my dreams, I kept them alive by setting goals for myself …. I never gave up because that would defeat my purpose. Defeat leads to quitting and I am not a quitter. Part of not giving up is my independence, the harder things are, the more I am determine to go on…” Her persistance has resulted in the fulfilment of her dream to “have a CD with her name on it” and two upcoming performances in the Phoenix area where she will be telling her “heart-warming Christmas story called Annie & Willy’s Prayer. ” She invites you to come, listen and “Help her dreams come true.”
Congratulations on all you have accomplished already! Carolan Quenneville

Hi, Great info. We have a forum to post questions. Maybe you can submit suggestions or comments to help anyone who needs it. Thanks
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This is a wonderful thing. I live in the Los Angeles area and there is nothing here like what you guys have. I wish I could make it out there.
Kayo

Sirs: The site is easily accessible, easy yo understand, I applaud your efforts, thank you. Sincerely, Ed Sprigg edwardsprigg@aol.com President Reel Gold Productions 59 Bliss Rd Unionville, Ct. 06085 860-675-5838http://hometown.aol.com/edwardsprigg

http://hometown.aol.com/specialorchestra/myhomepage/business.html
Please check out A Very Special Orchestra

I truly love this web site. Keep up the good work.
Robert L. Watson

First, I want to tell you how pleased I am to discover your web site for musicians with disabilities. However, as a disability rights activist and musician (mostly composer) with a disability, I’m disappointed by the fact that the site doesn’t appear to be accessible for users of some special screen readers for the blind. I maintain my own personal web site at http://www.geocities.com/dhcpolwnk, and though the site doesn’t include all the bells and whistles that some sites have, I have been able to keep most of it accessible and to alert visitors about accessibility problems over which I have no control.
Second, I wanted to ask whether your organization and/or web site is aimed solely at live performers, or whether it includes composers and those who (like me) work mostly through MIDI equipment and software. I have written quite a few songs, many of which are available in MIDI format of the Songs page of my web site. I’ve also written a couple of more ambitious pieces (“As Heaven Weeps,” a 13-minute tone poem about the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S., and most recently, the “Seven-of-Eight Suite,” a compilation of seven short vignettes in 7/8 meter). Much of this music also is available in MP3 format at http://www.MP3.com.au/LauraRemsonMitchell . I invite you to visit and listen.
Finally, I want to wish you and your organizationation continued success.
–Laura Remson Mitchell

I have one suggestion. The name of your organization should not focus on the negative. It should read “Musicians with Disabilities.” Not disabled musicians.
Max acoustic29@hotmail.com

Dear sirs: Please tell me more about your project, if & how I might get involved. My name is Ed Sprigg, former chief engineer at The Hit Factory in NYC. I have a website on AOL you may check,http://hometown.aol.com/edwardsprigg, President Reel Gold Productions, 59 Bliss Rd. Unionvbille, Ct. 06085,860-675-5838

I’m doing a history fair project on people in the music industry with disabilities. I was hoping you could post some information that might help me. Any information would be nice. Thank you so much

To the history fair student: CDM has no special knowledge of people in the music industry with disabilities. You would have to search this yourself. However,there is plenty of information on this website on musicians associated with CDM – just click on “Musicians.”

I stumbled across your site while surfing the internet and am impressed that their is a resource for disabled musicians. Thanks! I am (or was) a church musician for many years (piano, organ, keyboard, choir, worship leader, and choir director) and I composed music for worship until I suffered a massive stroke in 1999. I miss playing music so much! I am paralyzed on my right side and now I have had a seizure to complicate things further. It is good to know that other musicians are workung through their disabilities also. Perhaps I can gain some encouragement from them via this website.

I enjoyed reading the biographies of the musicians. Very inspiring.

Dear All, Thanking you for the most helpful site we would like to arrange a Colition like that in Russia mainly to help the Musicians deaf as a result of their professional activity. We have heard there is one in Germany and would like to contact it to find out its basics and how to start. We’ll be most grateful for any possible assistance in how to start. Best regards, Maria Khokharina, Interpreter, Moscow yrruh@yahoo.co.uk

Hi, I’m Jon Nixey from Wales in the UK. Was very interested to find this website. Absolutely terrific! I am totally blind and have a partial hearing loss, also suffer with asthma, hypertension, arthritis and fibro mialgia. I mainly play a Yamaha keyboard and compose my own music. Very best wishes to everyone! Jon. http://www.jonnixey.co.uk/

Good Evening My name is Viviane dos Santos Louro. I am in Brazil and I`m a disabled pianist. I Study in a Public School in the Mastership. I am researching about adaptations for disable musicians. I would like to know if you have informations or books about adaptations of the instruments for disabled musicians. Thanks and sorry, I dont write English very well. Viviane viviane_louro@uol.com.br

This is a great site, I am in a wheelchair from a bad accident causing a brain-injury. I also lost my little brother, but I am moving on. I play bass guitar, I have a 4 & 5 string. I am not excelent, but pretty good. I contiue to play and this site is very inspriational. Thanks, e-mail me back if you want.
As a visually impaired person I found the site relatively easy to get around. The use of music on the home page sometimes made it hard for me to hear the text but that may just be my cheap speakers Of course, graphics are not available and I don’t know of any program that would handle that better. I use JAWS and it is not that compatible wth AOL which now runs off/with? google. Using speech programs takes a grat deal of time and patience except if you are reading straight text. That’s all folks! Barbara P.S if you had the time, and there was a demand– you might have a lnk to pages for visally impaired with no graphics,just simple text. good person to talk to is Jerry Randell at Helen Keller Inst.

I, IM A DISABLED ARTIST, AND IM WONDERING IF U COULD CHECK OUT MY STUFF http://artists.iuma.com/IUMA/Bands/tionlee/ -THANIEL LEE TIONLEE@AOL.COM

I am disabled also, I now have a tramatic brain injury, because of a person that I now hate. He not only took my memory and abablity to walk, he also took my little brothers life. But anyway, I am now a disabled musican also. I play bass guitar. I have two, 4 & 5 string. I find it a little difficult, but, I will not let that hold me back. Great site! Very insprinational!

Dear Friend, My name is Khalid Majeed I am a 31years old disable a Wheel Chair user. I am with Muscular Dystrophy from about 15 years. I am a business man and also the President Muscular Dystrophy Association of Pakistan. I am a very jolly type of person and always want to be happy. My hobbies are Writing Poems, Cooking, and help the disables. I am just looking for a great and long time friend there is not difference that the friend is a male or a female I just look for a good and true friend for gift exchange. Or just for chat. I write you more about me if you writs me back. I hope this will finds you in a good of yours health and spirits. Please write me back soon. Very Best Wishes, Khalid Majeed.Dystrophy2001@hotmail.com

Dear Range Of Motion, I just want to say, you are great at working at your goals. Keep up the good work.

nice web

very informative webite, i hope to visit you most often 🙂 Jacob

My name is Simon Illa, I am president and chief producer of Simon Illa Music based in Philadelphia (born with OI). Primarily producing rap and r&b my credits include production with Onyx, Floetry, Lil’ Kim, and numerous indy label artists, not to mention many up and coming artists which I am currently developing. There is much more where that came from…. Check out Producer updates and demo reviews from my ent. attorney at http://www.bernardresnick.com/reviews.html Also, check for feature article in Philadelphia Daily News 1.14.2002 “Hip-Hop’s Next Big Thing” written by Al Hunter… Peace, SimonIlla2003@yahoo.com

great site! keep on to share what you have to serve people and enjoy life. music is wonderful happy sources from God. Wishing you all the best. in prayers! Esther Yau http://www.spreadcare.com/ Hong Kong

I live in Co Durham, I am disabled and in a wheel chair,I love guitar muic since I can remember, I convinied my wife to get me a steel string last Xmas, But I can play very litle, so I am looking for other persons the same if they can play or do they know of any one who teachers beginers. Please get in touch.

To the author of the previous post – we need an email address to get in touch with you. You can email us at CDMNews@aol.com Regards, CDM

Best regards from Canada Jake

I am the president of Potential Unlimited Productions, Inc. Our office is in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. We are a musical performing arts organization for people with developmental disabilities over age 18. We have a wide range of talent and disabilitity of performers. Some work professionally, such as one is a drummer who is with a band that led off a BBKing concert, another is a rehersal pianist for a leading ballet company in Manhattan. Many others are much more disabled and do not work. We have a one week summer camp in Rensselaerville, NY near Albany that concludes with a show at the Guggheim Pavilion. It is held at http://www.riconference/ Center.One week with a staff of 1:2, music instruction, choral workshops, is $750. For more information about our camp and our programs contact Barbara Wurtz, Executive director at (845) 473-3752 OR FAX 845-473-3927

Great website! I enjoyed browsing through it.

if you are a good artist, band, do not hesitate to submit to edwardsprigg@aol.com http://hometown.aol.com/edwardsprigg Reel Gold Productions@aol.com

Hi, i just spent a great tour up north QLD. great place to stay with wheelchair access http://www.kurandahomestay.com/ and hired hand controled car from http://www.cairnsdirect.com/ Tim Fields

Dear CDM: I am not disabled. I am not wanting to discriminate however, in finding members for my band. Are any of your services available to non-disabled persons, to help them include disabled persons in the search for musicians. I am starting a rock & roll band and want to give ample opportunity for disabled persons to audition. My e-mail address is: spiritiswilling@earthlink.net. My telephone number is (908) 874-5039. Thank you very much. Barry De Saw

Your site is uplifting for those of us with disabilities. I am a guitar player, who’s played out for 30 yrs., recently recovering from liver transplant, total renal failure, and 2 yrs. in the hospital with 11 other operations. I need to get out and play again, and I’m having a hard time getting started. Keep up the good work.

Well Done! I am really IMPRESSED! In looking for help for an almost-completely-deaf singer/songwriter, I got a tip from a long-time friend (drummer/hornplayer. WOW! It opened up a whole new world for me! I immediately mailed a link to my sister who’s a retired (37 yrs)high school choral director. I KNOW this site is going to help my musical friend so much. Namaste’ and blessings to all who are a part of this. “Don’t die with your music still in you.” MartiBluEyes

Hello: My Name is Michael Driscoll. I am a disabled musician/composer/arranger and sound engineer. Recently, I have received a grant through RSA/OVR for assistive digital recording technology. I have also started a small independent recording studio in my home. I would like to receive a national referral service information packet. As an individual artists funding by ways of grants and fellowships has been difficult. I live in the Philadelphia area and state funding for individual’s is difficult enough. I am very interested in becoming an advocate for my local disabled community. Any information regarding this subject would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Peace and Music Michael Driscoll P. S. I apologize for the grammar, my dragonfly is having problems.

To Michael Driscoll, author of previous post: We would be happy to send you the information you requested, but you did not leave any contact information in your message. Please reply to cdmnews@aol.com

how do you order cds. scott r. davis bridgeport ct

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Hi I work with a gentleman who has had a stroke and used to play the saxophone – he now cannot use his left arm. It would be fantastic if he could continue to play – any ideas?

Hello I am a dissabled drummer and guitar player. I can not find how to join. Although I am interested in joining. I live in Greenville Ga, and have drums PA. and guitar and other equipment. Please send information. Thank you very much. Dennie Flowers E mail Busstonee@AOL.com

I have just found your site and I think its great, I am 53 and have cardiac problems, although I have been playing music since I was 6, I do have problems lasting for a 4 hr gig. I just can’t do it.I really need a friend(s) that understand what I’m going through. My email is dustydan47@hotmail.com I live in georgia and would love to hear from somebody
Great to see that u guys exist!! I’m an Occupational Therapy Student at Charles Sturt Uni In Albury NSW, Australia & am a very passionate musician. I Love the idea that you guys have been able to get over any limitations that may have been seen to be in your way, and play music! I’m stoked that I found your site and am now going to head off and see if I can find an Aussie equivalent. Good Luck to you all -Brad bwadlee@hotmail.com

That’s a cool logo. I have HHT (causes lots of bleeding, migraines, and now I’m dealing with severe memory loss as well). It’s good to see that other people manage to make music, even when they are in constant pain. http://www.dilvie.com/

SO GLAD TO FIND YOUR SITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are doing a corporate video and may like permission to utilize your album songs as background music. Please advise. Wendy Richards BunniSteps Designs http://www.bunnisteps.com/ 352-334-7525

Hi Everyone, Was just surfing the net and found your site. My name is Andrew Hewitt, I am a 33 year old drummer from Sydney Australia. I was born with cerebral palsy and walk on crutches. I’ve been playing in bands at a semi-pro level since the late 80s. I have a website at http://www.drummerstix.live.com.au/ which contains a bio, and some recent mp3s which were recorded live at various gigs Ive played recently. Cheers, Andy

Hi I have just visited your website ,its fantastic. I have always been interested in music. I am studying for an Open University Degree here in involves music, although you do not need a great deal of experience in playing an instruent for this course. I would love to learn. I have mild Cerebral Palsy, which effects my right hand although I can move my right hand and arm, I have no dexterity in my fingers. I have always loved the sound of the clarinet,cello and trumpet. Is it possible to play any of these instruments with one hand and I also have asthma. Would this effect play brass/woodwind instruments Thanks for any advice you or anyone else can give me. Thanks Angela Jaap Glasgow Scotland UK email:ajaap@lineone.net

I really enjoyed perusing your site. Keep up the good work!
Hi! this is a brilliant website and provides much positive and helpful information. Thank you! I am a physiotherapy student in England working on a spinal injury placement, I am a musician myself and chose to investigate into this for my presentation topic knowing how keen my patients are themselves in music this has been a great help. well done! Trudy Smith

My eleven year old son is missing his right arm. He wants to play the guitar. How can we help him to “hold a pick”
Phil Wexler

Mr. Wexler: If you could provide us with your email address, we could research your question and give you a more complete response. Email us at CDMNews@aol.com Thanks! CDM

I sent email requesting info. I have a reconstructed spine and am in cronic pain 24/7. I have been unable to work. I have started a Country Blues Act and am just about to complete our first CD. I was so encouraged by your website as no one else seems to understand how pain effects your life. With constant medication music has been my only outlet. Thank God for music! Thank God for you! Keep up the good work for you never know who you will touch and encourage!

WOTCHA i’m a professional musician,a double bass player who wants to educate people to the idea that disabled people can entertain music lovers as well as anyone despite,as in my case,being unable to walk.If anyone wants to communicate that would be cool-philbenson@onetel.net.uk

i loved the range of otion at are school[southwest] it was so cool when you let us dance. please come again fropm amanda

Hello i’m a 18 year old drummer with Muscular Dystrophy. I mostly play heavy metal and punk but I have had some experience with funk (If you can play funk you can usually play anything). I have tons of experience playing shows and what not. I guess I chose the drums because it’s one of the most adiquate instruments I could think of for the disabled musician because you can basically change your setup around to fit your disability. I’ve been playing for about 5 years in a band and have done a few blues projects on the side.
————-Ray p.s. I can be contacted at drum_machine40@hotmail.com

to the range of motion.you guys make a good group and you sound very nice and you make a good team

What a great site! This is an encouragement for everyone! I am a music teacher, and the adaptive devices you have created are great ideas. Thanks for your courage and vision! Cindy

Hello from Norway! Watching this site for the first time, and i really like what i see.It is very uplifting to discover that an organization like this one exists ! I`ve been paralyzed and a wheelchair-user for fourteen years and been a part of a band as a keyboard player for the last eleven. Keep up the spirit guys,this is NOT the last visit to your site!! It is great if musiclovers would like to communicate with me, my address: aageris@online.no

I have a child wanting to join my school band who is disabled by virtue of having only one arm. He wishes to play drums. Do you have any ideas? Thanks Marsha Lindmark King School

To Marsha Lindmark King School on previous post. Please email us at cdmnews@aol.com for specific requests like this. It is much easier to have a conversation on your problem that way. Thanks! CDM, Inc.

This looks like a wonderful site. My father played amateur mandolin before he had a stroke. He is paralyzed on his left side. Do you know any way he could still play?

To the author of the previous post – we at CDM would like to submit your question to our adaptive equipment and guitar playing members, but it would be helpful if we had more information on your dad’s condition. Please submit your question to us via email so we can contact you directly and have a better conversation. Our email is CDMNews@AOL.COM

I’m glad to have found this site. I thought I was the only one who preformed music from a wheelchair. Have gigged for years with many bands and sang a thousand songs. Keep up the good work.

Hi my name is Kevin and I have A.D.D. what is known as Attention Defecit Disorder. I am currently starting a non-for-profit organization dealing with teaching young children both with disablilities and non-disablities, how to play certian instruments, digital recording / production here in Chicago IL. I would like some pointers on how I can get funding for something like this and who may be interested in donating equipment, I know this is forward, but I really have a love for music and helping people like myself develope there love for music. I just need help getting started on the write (note) so if you would help me with just the information i can take it from there. I just wanted to ask someone who has the same dream and who could help me the best. My email address is edensongsschoolofarts@netzero.net please respond Thank you.

I’m so happy to have found your web-site! I’m a former music teacher and trumpet player with Primary Lateral Sclerosis. I’d like to find something to do in music education on the computer. Any ideas? Julia Walker in Cincinnatiwwalkerbry@cs.com

hi to all music-lovers around the world from http://www.race.at/

On January 18th you performed at an assembly in Bretton Woods Elementary. It was not only entertaining, but informative and uplifting. I think what your organization provides to the public and its members is priceless. I happen to be a Special Education teacher and have always taught my own two children that no one is perfect and everyone has strengths and weakness'( along with tolerance for people that may not able to express themselves verbally or move as quickly as they can). What Range of Motion provided was the visual that, everyone should try and strive to reach their goals. I hope you perform at my children’s school- I gave their principal and director your number. I think all schools should be involved with your organization. Thank you for all that you do! Sincerely, Melissa Drayer-Arnow Bretton Woods Elementary School

Disabled musician UK, 22 seeks similar group in UK. I also want to set up a rock band. I want to join a true music skills development Guild that is not “1984 style”. Please email: mr.k@onmail.co.uk I look forward to hearing you all soon. Love Mr K xxx

Hello… I hate to be so dramatic but -tears- is what happened when I read this website. This is wonderful. Thank you. I too have Muscular Dystrophy and I’ve always wanted to play music but just figured it was out of my reach due to limited use of my hands. A guitar playing friend turned me on to the harmonica and I’ve been learning that and having loads of fun. Tomorrow I will rent a guitar and start developing some adaptive equipment that will allow me to play. I am sure if I put everything I’ve got into it I can make it happen. Maybe it’s already happening I just need to find it. If you have any ideas, information, or input please e-me at bejamn66@aol.com Thank you… Ben in Chico CA

Dear Coalition: Thank you for making this web-site accessible to us who really need it! I am a 12-string guitarist/vocalist/composer who is working on a recording project to benefit the victims and families of victims of the 9/11 events at WTC.All net proceeds will go to them. I am looking for a way to fund the cost of duplicating the thousand CD ‘s necessary for this. Any ideas? Lynn_f@bellsouth.net

Dear Coalition: I am a disabled female 12-string guitarist/vocalist/composer who is currently working in a Professional Recording Studio on a project whose sole purpose is to benefit the victims and families of Sept.11th WTC events.I am being produced and mixed by a local(Ft.Lauderdale) studio head here in Ft.Lauderdale, but we do not have any funding for the reproduction of the 1,000 CD’s we need to duplicate. It is coming along very slowly, as we have NO BUDGET, and are relying on the talents of occasional musicians who drop in. I left you another e-mail but realized that I gave you the wrong e-mail address. Here is where you can reach me,Please forgive the inconvenience.Thank you: Matigal2001@yahoo.comor you can write to me at Lynn A. Fields: 8010 Hampton Blvd.#102 North Lauderdale,Fla. 33068 I would love to know your thought concerning this project. Thank you. Sincerely, lynn a.fields

Hello, I am a 45 year old drummer located in North West, TN. looking for full time work. Pro skills and attitude. Lots of experience playing country, rock, blues, etc. Back up vocals also. I can travel, but I cannot drive due to a vision problem (legally blind) so I need help with transportation. Photo, sound clips, details available at http://www.geocities.com/straycatk Ken 731 364 6946

Hye Don and Linda, Nice to see you’re still up and running. Here’s a link to my website http://www.geocities.com/oidrummer/ Hope to here from you soon! Kurt

I was just talking to Donald Jaeger. Saw the logo on his shirt. He told me a little bit about the organization He suggested going to the web page. It looks good

God bless you! http://www.sharonadelesworld.com/

hi to all music-lovers around the world from austria and http://www.race.at/

gidday from australia , im a left arm amputee above elbow . any ideas on playing the guitar or lapsteel . very keen to learn , thanks ,nick750t@hotmail.com

This is great!

Thank you for this wonderful effort and site! The time is now more than ever to realize this great source of creativity. My experiences with children have been nothing short of magical. We all need to work together.
If anyone is interested my work with disabled children and music composition please visit: http://www.fingersteps.org/. This is the most enriching musical experience I have ever had. It is only beginning. My best to all. Dan Moffatt:danmoffatt@hotmail.com

great idea i am new to luthiering (guitar building)an have some disabilitys not a player but LOVE to work on guitars keep up the GOODwork scott Treiber stkustom@yahoo.com

Please help me open the doors for the disabled in the years to come. Will you help my dream come true. I have my CD in Paradise Valley Mall in Sam Goodys on consignment. I need somebody like you to help me so I can have a CD this Christmas
Patty Mowery Thank you
Here is what the news said about me?.
Poet/Storyteller Patty Mowery Performs Poet and storyteller Patty Mowery is creative, resourceful AND persistant. Speaking of her life and disability, Patty states, “Through out the years I have tried to hold on to my dreams, I kept them alive by setting goals for myself …. I never gave up because that would defeat my purpose. Defeat leads to quitting and I am not a quitter. Part of not giving up is my independence, the harder things are, the more I am determine to go on…” Her persistance has resulted in the fulfilment of her dream to “have a CD with her name on it” and two upcoming performances in the Phoenix area where she will be telling her “heart-warming Christmas story called Annie & Willy’s Prayer. ” She invites you to come, listen and “Help her dreams come true.”
Congratulations on all you have accomplished already! Carolan Quenneville

Hi, Great info. We have a forum to post questions. Maybe you can submit suggestions or comments to help anyone who needs it. Thanks
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This is a wonderful thing. I live in the Los Angeles area and there is nothing here like what you guys have. I wish I could make it out there.
Kayo

Sirs: The site is easily accessible, easy yo understand, I applaud your efforts, thank you. Sincerely, Ed Sprigg edwardsprigg@aol.com President Reel Gold Productions 59 Bliss Rd Unionville, Ct. 06085 860-675-5838http://hometown.aol.com/edwardsprigg

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Please check out A Very Special Orchestra

I truly love this web site. Keep up the good work.
Robert L. Watson

First, I want to tell you how pleased I am to discover your web site for musicians with disabilities. However, as a disability rights activist and musician (mostly composer) with a disability, I’m disappointed by the fact that the site doesn’t appear to be accessible for users of some special screen readers for the blind. I maintain my own personal web site at http://www.geocities.com/dhcpolwnk, and though the site doesn’t include all the bells and whistles that some sites have, I have been able to keep most of it accessible and to alert visitors about accessibility problems over which I have no control.
Second, I wanted to ask whether your organization and/or web site is aimed solely at live performers, or whether it includes composers and those who (like me) work mostly through MIDI equipment and software. I have written quite a few songs, many of which are available in MIDI format of the Songs page of my web site. I’ve also written a couple of more ambitious pieces (“As Heaven Weeps,” a 13-minute tone poem about the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S., and most recently, the “Seven-of-Eight Suite,” a compilation of seven short vignettes in 7/8 meter). Much of this music also is available in MP3 format at http://www.MP3.com.au/LauraRemsonMitchell . I invite you to visit and listen.
Finally, I want to wish you and your organizationation continued success.
–Laura Remson Mitchell

I have one suggestion. The name of your organization should not focus on the negative. It should read “Musicians with Disabilities.” Not disabled musicians.
Max acoustic29@hotmail.com

Dear sirs: Please tell me more about your project, if & how I might get involved. My name is Ed Sprigg, former chief engineer at The Hit Factory in NYC. I have a website on AOL you may check,http://hometown.aol.com/edwardsprigg, President Reel Gold Productions, 59 Bliss Rd. Unionvbille, Ct. 06085,860-675-5838

I’m doing a history fair project on people in the music industry with disabilities. I was hoping you could post some information that might help me. Any information would be nice. Thank you so much

To the history fair student: CDM has no special knowledge of people in the music industry with disabilities. You would have to search this yourself. However,there is plenty of information on this website on musicians associated with CDM – just click on “Musicians.”

I stumbled across your site while surfing the internet and am impressed that their is a resource for disabled musicians. Thanks! I am (or was) a church musician for many years (piano, organ, keyboard, choir, worship leader, and choir director) and I composed music for worship until I suffered a massive stroke in 1999. I miss playing music so much! I am paralyzed on my right side and now I have had a seizure to complicate things further. It is good to know that other musicians are workung through their disabilities also. Perhaps I can gain some encouragement from them via this website.

I enjoyed reading the biographies of the musicians. Very inspiring.

Dear All, Thanking you for the most helpful site we would like to arrange a Colition like that in Russia mainly to help the Musicians deaf as a result of their professional activity. We have heard there is one in Germany and would like to contact it to find out its basics and how to start. We’ll be most grateful for any possible assistance in how to start. Best regards, Maria Khokharina, Interpreter, Moscow yrruh@yahoo.co.uk

Hi, I’m Jon Nixey from Wales in the UK. Was very interested to find this website. Absolutely terrific! I am totally blind and have a partial hearing loss, also suffer with asthma, hypertension, arthritis and fibro mialgia. I mainly play a Yamaha keyboard and compose my own music. Very best wishes to everyone! Jon. http://www.jonnixey.co.uk/

Good Evening My name is Viviane dos Santos Louro. I am in Brazil and I`m a disabled pianist. I Study in a Public School in the Mastership. I am researching about adaptations for disable musicians. I would like to know if you have informations or books about adaptations of the instruments for disabled musicians. Thanks and sorry, I dont write English very well. Viviane viviane_louro@uol.com.br

This is a great site, I am in a wheelchair from a bad accident causing a brain-injury. I also lost my little brother, but I am moving on. I play bass guitar, I have a 4 & 5 string. I am not excelent, but pretty good. I contiue to play and this site is very inspriational. Thanks, e-mail me back if you want.
As a visually impaired person I found the site relatively easy to get around. The use of music on the home page sometimes made it hard for me to hear the text but that may just be my cheap speakers Of course, graphics are not available and I don’t know of any program that would handle that better. I use JAWS and it is not that compatible wth AOL which now runs off/with? google. Using speech programs takes a grat deal of time and patience except if you are reading straight text. That’s all folks! Barbara P.S if you had the time, and there was a demand– you might have a lnk to pages for visally impaired with no graphics,just simple text. good person to talk to is Jerry Randell at Helen Keller Inst.

I, IM A DISABLED ARTIST, AND IM WONDERING IF U COULD CHECK OUT MY STUFF http://artists.iuma.com/IUMA/Bands/tionlee/ -THANIEL LEE TIONLEE@AOL.COM

I am disabled also, I now have a tramatic brain injury, because of a person that I now hate. He not only took my memory and abablity to walk, he also took my little brothers life. But anyway, I am now a disabled musican also. I play bass guitar. I have two, 4 & 5 string. I find it a little difficult, but, I will not let that hold me back. Great site! Very insprinational!

Dear Friend, My name is Khalid Majeed I am a 31years old disable a Wheel Chair user. I am with Muscular Dystrophy from about 15 years. I am a business man and also the President Muscular Dystrophy Association of Pakistan. I am a very jolly type of person and always want to be happy. My hobbies are Writing Poems, Cooking, and help the disables. I am just looking for a great and long time friend there is not difference that the friend is a male or a female I just look for a good and true friend for gift exchange. Or just for chat. I write you more about me if you writs me back. I hope this will finds you in a good of yours health and spirits. Please write me back soon. Very Best Wishes, Khalid Majeed.Dystrophy2001@hotmail.com

Dear Range Of Motion, I just want to say, you are great at working at your goals. Keep up the good work.

nice web

very informative webite, i hope to visit you most often 🙂 Jacob

My name is Simon Illa, I am president and chief producer of Simon Illa Music based in Philadelphia (born with OI). Primarily producing rap and r&b my credits include production with Onyx, Floetry, Lil’ Kim, and numerous indy label artists, not to mention many up and coming artists which I am currently developing. There is much more where that came from…. Check out Producer updates and demo reviews from my ent. attorney at http://www.bernardresnick.com/reviews.html Also, check for feature article in Philadelphia Daily News 1.14.2002 “Hip-Hop’s Next Big Thing” written by Al Hunter… Peace, SimonIlla2003@yahoo.com

great site! keep on to share what you have to serve people and enjoy life. music is wonderful happy sources from God. Wishing you all the best. in prayers! Esther Yau http://www.spreadcare.com/ Hong Kong

I live in Co Durham, I am disabled and in a wheel chair,I love guitar muic since I can remember, I convinied my wife to get me a steel string last Xmas, But I can play very litle, so I am looking for other persons the same if they can play or do they know of any one who teachers beginers. Please get in touch.

To the author of the previous post – we need an email address to get in touch with you. You can email us at CDMNews@aol.com Regards, CDM

Best regards from Canada Jake

I am the president of Potential Unlimited Productions, Inc. Our office is in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. We are a musical performing arts organization for people with developmental disabilities over age 18. We have a wide range of talent and disabilitity of performers. Some work professionally, such as one is a drummer who is with a band that led off a BBKing concert, another is a rehersal pianist for a leading ballet company in Manhattan. Many others are much more disabled and do not work. We have a one week summer camp in Rensselaerville, NY near Albany that concludes with a show at the Guggheim Pavilion. It is held at http://www.riconference/ Center.One week with a staff of 1:2, music instruction, choral workshops, is $750. For more information about our camp and our programs contact Barbara Wurtz, Executive director at (845) 473-3752 OR FAX 845-473-3927

Great website! I enjoyed browsing through it.

if you are a good artist, band, do not hesitate to submit to edwardsprigg@aol.com http://hometown.aol.com/edwardsprigg Reel Gold Productions@aol.com

Hi, i just spent a great tour up north QLD. great place to stay with wheelchair access http://www.kurandahomestay.com/ and hired hand controled car from http://www.cairnsdirect.com/ Tim Fields

Dear CDM: I am not disabled. I am not wanting to discriminate however, in finding members for my band. Are any of your services available to non-disabled persons, to help them include disabled persons in the search for musicians. I am starting a rock & roll band and want to give ample opportunity for disabled persons to audition. My e-mail address is: spiritiswilling@earthlink.net. My telephone number is (908) 874-5039. Thank you very much. Barry De Saw

Your site is uplifting for those of us with disabilities. I am a guitar player, who’s played out for 30 yrs., recently recovering from liver transplant, total renal failure, and 2 yrs. in the hospital with 11 other operations. I need to get out and play again, and I’m having a hard time getting started. Keep up the good work.

Well Done! I am really IMPRESSED! In looking for help for an almost-completely-deaf singer/songwriter, I got a tip from a long-time friend (drummer/hornplayer. WOW! It opened up a whole new world for me! I immediately mailed a link to my sister who’s a retired (37 yrs)high school choral director. I KNOW this site is going to help my musical friend so much. Namaste’ and blessings to all who are a part of this. “Don’t die with your music still in you.” MartiBluEyes

Hello: My Name is Michael Driscoll. I am a disabled musician/composer/arranger and sound engineer. Recently, I have received a grant through RSA/OVR for assistive digital recording technology. I have also started a small independent recording studio in my home. I would like to receive a national referral service information packet. As an individual artists funding by ways of grants and fellowships has been difficult. I live in the Philadelphia area and state funding for individual’s is difficult enough. I am very interested in becoming an advocate for my local disabled community. Any information regarding this subject would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Peace and Music Michael Driscoll P. S. I apologize for the grammar, my dragonfly is having problems.

To Michael Driscoll, author of previous post: We would be happy to send you the information you requested, but you did not leave any contact information in your message. Please reply to cdmnews@aol.com

how do you order cds. scott r. davis bridgeport ct

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Hi I work with a gentleman who has had a stroke and used to play the saxophone – he now cannot use his left arm. It would be fantastic if he could continue to play – any ideas?

Hello I am a dissabled drummer and guitar player. I can not find how to join. Although I am interested in joining. I live in Greenville Ga, and have drums PA. and guitar and other equipment. Please send information. Thank you very much. Dennie Flowers E mail Busstonee@AOL.com

I have just found your site and I think its great, I am 53 and have cardiac problems, although I have been playing music since I was 6, I do have problems lasting for a 4 hr gig. I just can’t do it.I really need a friend(s) that understand what I’m going through. My email is dustydan47@hotmail.com I live in georgia and would love to hear from somebody
Great to see that u guys exist!! I’m an Occupational Therapy Student at Charles Sturt Uni In Albury NSW, Australia & am a very passionate musician. I Love the idea that you guys have been able to get over any limitations that may have been seen to be in your way, and play music! I’m stoked that I found your site and am now going to head off and see if I can find an Aussie equivalent. Good Luck to you all -Brad bwadlee@hotmail.com

That’s a cool logo. I have HHT (causes lots of bleeding, migraines, and now I’m dealing with severe memory loss as well). It’s good to see that other people manage to make music, even when they are in constant pain. http://www.dilvie.com/

SO GLAD TO FIND YOUR SITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are doing a corporate video and may like permission to utilize your album songs as background music. Please advise. Wendy Richards BunniSteps Designs http://www.bunnisteps.com/ 352-334-7525

Hi Everyone, Was just surfing the net and found your site. My name is Andrew Hewitt, I am a 33 year old drummer from Sydney Australia. I was born with cerebral palsy and walk on crutches. I’ve been playing in bands at a semi-pro level since the late 80s. I have a website at http://www.drummerstix.live.com.au/ which contains a bio, and some recent mp3s which were recorded live at various gigs Ive played recently. Cheers, Andy

Hi I have just visited your website ,its fantastic. I have always been interested in music. I am studying for an Open University Degree here in involves music, although you do not need a great deal of experience in playing an instruent for this course. I would love to learn. I have mild Cerebral Palsy, which effects my right hand although I can move my right hand and arm, I have no dexterity in my fingers. I have always loved the sound of the clarinet,cello and trumpet. Is it possible to play any of these instruments with one hand and I also have asthma. Would this effect play brass/woodwind instruments Thanks for any advice you or anyone else can give me. Thanks Angela Jaap Glasgow Scotland UK email:ajaap@lineone.net

I really enjoyed perusing your site. Keep up the good work!