Get to know our volunteers!
How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call?
Lori: 2 Years
Dan: Starting 2nd year
Are you a Volunteer Guide or Volunteer Musician? Musician
What is your favorite song to play for patients?
Lori and Dan: Summertime
Have you ever been part of an impromptu jam session with patients or family in a hospital room?
Lori: Some of the patients and families sing along with us!
Do you perform anywhere else besides with MOC?
Lori: Yes. Many clubs in the Boston and Metrowest area
What is your occupation outside of MOC?
Lori: Part-time Teacher
What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC?
Lori: I have always loved music of all kinds, but I didn’t start singing until late in my life, and now I just love it. I have performed with many different blues, R&B, rock and jazz bands in the last 20 years. I think music is a gift that we should share with others… and it seemed like a person in the hospital would really enjoy hearing some music to lift them or cheer them in a hard time in their lives.
Dan: Grandmother played the organ for the church. Parents loved music and musicals. I saw the Beatles when I was 11. Always loved music.
What makes MOC different from your other volunteer experiences?
Lori: The smiles are what keeps bringing me back.
Dan: Using music to heal, both auditorily and spiritually.
Has your life changed because of your experience with MOC?
Lori: It makes me appreciate what these folks are going thru and appreciate me and my family’s continued good health
What is your favorite #MOCmoment?
Lori: When I see a light in a child’s eyes and a smile that makes it all worthwhile. When we visit the guys at the Veterans Hospital they always appreciate the old tunes we do.
Dan: When the patient (a child), her parents and the nursing staff all joined in on a song.