For The Love Of Music

The Story of One Couple’s Incredible Journey in Bringing their Love of Music and Each Other to the Bedsides of Patients.

Musicians On Call (MOC) brightens the days of hospitalized patients with peace and music during challenging medical circumstances. Each song for every patient emits many emotions of support, guidance, and love. Such emotions are conveyed in the music of Paul and Sandy Pluta, whose love and connection to music and each other have brought joy to thousands of patients’ bedsides. 

The pairs’ interest in musicianship stemmed early on in childhood, with Paul playing the trumpet and bass guitar and Sandy the guitar. The two would eventually find something even greater than music, as they met and sang together in college and continue to do so to this day. 

The couple’s now 17-year journey with the healing power of music began when they gifted a close friend with a musical performance when he was critically ill, even before discovering the mission of MOC. Their friend said their performance was ” the best Christmas gift he ever received,” and his reaction motivated the two to continue delivering healing performances, eventually leading them to discover Musicians On Call. 

The couple have played in medical centers in Philadelphia such as the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson Hospital. They have played for nearly 4,000 patients, families and caregivers and have been recognized by MOC for completing more than 100 total shifts. 

Their genres of choice mainly include covers of Bluegrass, Rock, Blues, and Country songs, displaying their love for each genre and the connection that brought them together. “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles and “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers are among their top choices to perform in the hospital. 

By playing for hospitalized patients, Paul and Sandy have been able to expand their musical abilities while engaging in an atmosphere that provides a greater impact than a traditional live music setting. 

Out of the countless amounts of shows we’ve done, playing for Musicians On Call is like a favor that goes beyond the simple applause, providing a deeper and more impactful experience. It’s a rewarding experience that allows musicians to play in hospitals for patients in need. Even beyond musicians, I would highly recommend this program to anyone. Sandy and Paul Pluta

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