Veterans Day Concert

Dallas Morning News, Robert Miller, November 10, 2014 | View Article

“Texas Winds Musical Outreach will play a Veterans Day concert at the Dallas VA Medical Center Monday. The Dallas VA is at 4500 S. Lancaster Road, and the concert is free and open to the public.

The Perennial Brass Quintet, led by Scott Stratton, will perform the Armed Forces Medley, John Philip Sousa’s “El Capitan March,” and works by Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein and Paul Desmond.

Cathy Barr, Texas Winds executive director, says that Texas Winds musicians use their “‘instruments of healing’ to strengthen morale, alleviate loneliness and improve quality of life for their audience members, allowing them to feel special rather than forgotten.”

VA North Texas director Jeff Milligan said he is a firm believer in alternative therapies, including music therapy. “Veterans with extreme pain and other conditions of discomfort become relaxed and experience relief, and we are grateful to Texas Winds for sharing their talent with patients in our clinical areas,” he said.

Texas Winds is a nonprofit organization that includes musicians from the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Opera Orchestra and local universities.

Texas Winds will present more than 1,350 concerts during the 2014-15 season, its 30th anniversary.

The VA North Texas Health Care System serves more than 115,000 patients each year.”