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Baltimore

17Dec

Meet Ryan Leo, Our Featur

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at South Miami and Virginia Hospital Center How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been volunteering for six years! Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? One of my good feeling, go-to songs is “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz; however, I always try to pick a song last minute as I enter a room based on the reading I get from the patient and it’s amazing how many times I just so happened to pick a song that really connects with them. In that moment, that’s my favorite song to play for a patient. Have you ever been part of an […]

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17Dec

Meet Wendy Lanxner, Our F

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at Children’s National How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been a volunteer since February 2018 Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? It’s a toss up between The Wheels On The Bus and Shake It Off Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC? Yes – I’m Musician in Residence at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and I play bass in a band called Wendy & The Lost Boys What is your occupation outside of MOC? I am a music teacher Do you have any hidden talents? Hmm… not sure. I like to bake cookies. What is your story? What connects […]

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10Sep

Meet Steve Boucher, Our F

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I perform for patients at the Baltimore VA How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I have been with MOC for over a year! Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? I focus on songs that relate to going somewhere else or traveling to take them away for a little while in a genre that fits them. Have you ever been part of an impromptu jam session with patients or family in a hospital room? Sure, many times this happens with Family member or multiple patients in a room. These are very special times where this level of engagement delivers the best patient experience. Do you perform […]

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25Feb

Meet Alan Oresky, Our Fea

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? I volunteer at Children’s National Medical Center How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? 3 years Are you a Volunteer Guide or Volunteer Musician? Musician What is your favorite song to play for patients? Brahm’s Lullaby Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC? Yes! I am a professional freelance violinist/fiddler in the Baltimore-Washington area. What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? I have always wanted to live my dream, to be a professional musician and an instrumental music teacher. I have been fortunate and blessed to achieve these goals since 1968. Since my retirement from formal teaching in 2009, I have wanted to continue to give […]

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28Nov

Meet David Dannenbaum, Ou

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? Yes, at the VA Hospital in Baltimore How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call?  About one year Are you a Volunteer Guide or Volunteer Musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? Business Management What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? “I’ve always been a music fan, especially going to live shows. I’ve tried picking up a few instruments over the years, but haven’t really had the patience to practice. I was looking for a way to use my passion for music to do more than just listen. I came across MOC in a Google search and it immediately spoke to me. Being a Guide was the perfect […]

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21Sep

Meet Paloma Costa, Our Fe

Get to know our volunteers! Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? Children’s National Medical Center How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? 4 years Are you a Volunteer Guide or Volunteer Musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? “I’m a residential Realtor.” What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? “Nine years ago, on New Years Eve, I met someone whose godson was in the ICU at Children’s. Fortunate to have never had any serious illnesses or accidents, I couldn’t stop thinking about how scary it must be to be in a hospital as a child (or to have a sick child in the hospital). I began participating as a patient services volunteer, and later advisory board […]

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11Jan

Meet Michelle W, our feat

Get to know our volunteers! Name: Michelle W. Branch: Baltimore/Washington, D.C. Area Do you volunteer at a specific hospital? Baltimore VA Medical Center How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? 3 Years Are you a Volunteer Guide or Volunteer Musician? Guide What is your occupation outside of MOC? Mental health professional and Psychology professor Do you have any hidden talents? People all over the world have told me their deepest secrets, and have since I was very young. I think they sense I am a “safe” person who will honor their privacy. Also, I can always find Waldo. What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? Eleven years ago I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. My husband was an active duty military member, so I […]

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