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Stars and Stripes | By Leo Shane III | March 13, 2006

Clark Kniceley remembers sitting in an Army hospital during the first Gulf War wishing he could get his hands on a guitar. “For a lot of people, it’s just something to do, something to take you away,” said Kniceley, now a retired medic living in Connecticut. “I had brought my guitar over to the war with me. For me, it gave me peace of mind.”

From Stars and Stripes


Amid Sacrifices, A Gift of Music

Donated Instruments To Aid Wounded Soldiers

By DAVID FUNKHOUSER And MARY ELLEN FILLO Courant Staff Writer

February 19, 2006

-- George Hauer and Clark Kniceley know something about trauma and about music. So it figures they would cook up Operation Music Aid, an effort to donate musical instruments to servicemen and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. More

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Yamaha Retailer Madison Music Launches Operation Music Aid To Help Wounded Soldiers

BUENA PARK, CA — Operation Music Aid is ready to launch. The purpose: to supply thousands of musical instruments to hospitalized military personnel who fought in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Is this mission impossible? Madison Music owner George Hauer, a Yamaha retailer, says "no." More © 2006 Yamaha Corporation of America. All rights reserved.


A Successful Madison Operation

Published on 3/2/2006 Madison
What is the true mark of a success? Money? Fame? How about an endorsement from singer-songwriter David Crosby, a mountain of donated, quality keyboards and guitars? Operation: Music Aid, the brainchild of Madison Music Center owner George Hauer and Clark Kniceley, has reaped the benefits of a good idea and dogged advocating—and those benefits are quickly filling up the music center at Orchard Park. More
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