MusiCorps


It is difficult to imagine the life of a severely wounded warrior recovering at Walter Reed. Wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan, many have had their lives blown up in every sense of the word. MusiCorps is a music rehabilitation program that uniquely meets their needs, helping them play music and recover their lives.


MusiCorps integrates regular visits by accomplished musicians who serve as mentors, the use of traditional instruments along with computer workstations and custom equipment, and projects tailored to individual circumstances, interests, and goals. Working in a variety of styles, and overcoming any obstacles, wounded warriors are able to learn, play, write, record, and perform music as a core part of their rehabilitation.


During long and difficult recoveries, MusiCorps brings activity, purpose, and joy, and aids recovery from war-related trauma, including PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and TBI (traumatic brain injury).


“A revolutionary program to help war veterans adjust to postwar life.”

- The Wall Street Journal

“This gives us a piece of us back.”

– SGT Nicholas Firth

 

MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band


The MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band is the performance component of MusiCorps, and has performed with Roger Waters, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow, Aaron Neville, and the Kansas City Symphony, among others, and on The Colbert Report, at the Kennedy Center, the Grand Ole Opry, and Madison Square Garden. The Band’s members have learned or relearned their instruments through MusiCorps, and their extraordinary performances are a testament to their resilience and talent.

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Origins


MusiCorps began when composer/pianist Arthur Bloom was invited to visit a soldier recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The soldier, a drummer who had lost his leg to a roadside bomb, was concerned about whether he would ever be able to play the drums again.


Bloom committed to not only helping this soldier, but any wounded warrior who wished to learn or relearn how to play music, and founded MusiCorps. The soldier regained his ability to play drums as others embraced the program and similarly flourished. MusiCorps has since become a pioneer in the field of adaptive music, and helped countless wounded warriors in their recovery.


In recognition of his work with MusiCorps, CNN selected Arthur Bloom as a Top 10 Hero of 2014. 

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters rehearsing with the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band