Yamaha Retailer Madison Music Launches Operation Music Aid To Help Wounded Soldiers
To date, Hauer has
collected 12 Yamaha PSR-E203 portable keyboards, 12 L3C stands, survival kits
and accessories; 240 Hohner harmonicas and
instruction books; 80 Dunlop harmonica holders; D'Addario
and Ernie Ball straps, strings and guitar accessories; 24 Music Link guitars;
and 47 Levy's Leathers straps with the U.S. Flag and eagle in flight
embroidered on them – all ready to be shipped and distributed to Brooke Army
Hospital in Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Tex. on February 20. A second
shipment will be sent to
When Hauer was growing up his father told stories of his experiences working at a field hospital in
Kniceley, who spent eight and half months in a military hospital and experienced three knee surgeries since his involvement in the Gulf War, recalled only having access to poor TV and old magazines in the hospital. "When I was in the hospital, I wished I had my guitar," the veteran told the New Haven Advocate. For some injured soldiers, Operation Music Aid reunites them with musical instruments and the joy of music making, while for others it introduces playing as Recreational Music Making, fulfilling music-based activities that unite people of all ages regardless of their challenges, backgrounds, ethnicity, ability or prior experience.
Dr. Gerard Curran, a former emergency room surgeon in a combat surgical hospital in
The Yamaha PRS-E203 keyboards, for example, provide an easy way for bedridden patients to play and come equipped with a survival kit that includes headphones, a volume pedal and a "How To" DVD. "The headphones are a great addition because they reduce the risk of patients being disturbed by external noise that can often occur in a hospital," says Hauer.
"We chose Yamaha for its dependability, versatility and playability," Hauer continues. "We are confident that these new keyboards will boost the morale of all of the hospitalized recipients."
"Yamaha's key goals are to support wellness in all people especially those in need," says Mark Anderson, Marketing Manager of Pro Audio and Combo for Yamaha Corporation of America, "It's extremely gratifying to know that our instruments are providing wounded soldiers with music as a healing tool."
For more information on Operation Music Aid and Yamaha PRS-E203 keyboards, write Yamaha Corporation of