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Daniel Broniatowski

The Power of Music

October 11, 2012 at 1:33 AM

My dear readers,

I have been recently reflecting on the purpose of music in our society. Perhaps not coincidentally, I also noticed an interesting story on the CBS evening news tonight. The story is about a man from Tacoma, WA named Don Brittain. The 78-year-old Mr. Brittain has been playing the 24-note “Taps” on his trumpet every evening at sunset for the past two years over Puget Sound.

This story had a profound effect on me. You see, Don Brittain is a polio survivor who desperately wanted to serve our country but was unable to do so. His nightly rendition of “Taps”, which he ever continues to perfect through practice, is his way of serving our country and honoring our military. This is a small yet profound gesture that has captivated residents in his neighborhood. In fact, his neighbors even come out to listen now, as part of an evening ritual.

To me, Mr. Brittain’s story is truly inspiring. It is a testament to the power of sound and its effect on our collective consciousness. Mr. Brittain does not play his trumpet because he is looking for fame. In fact, he is not even a professional trumpet player. His heartfelt rendition of “Taps” is the result of an inner conviction to give back to the men and women who serve and who served in uniform. It is the best way that he knows how.

Because Mr. Brittain followed his heart, others with a similar inclination followed him. To me, there is no greater joy than the freedom to express thanks, whether to our friends, family, strangers, or our Creator.

You can find the full CBS report HERE

Daniel Broniatowski, D.M.A.
Music to Warm the Heart

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on October 11, 2012 at 2:41 AM
So nice story! Thanks for sharing.


From Karen Allendoerfer
Posted on October 12, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Yes, this is a sweet story. It reminds me, in a small way, of the cellist of Sarajevo, which is one of my favorite stories of all time. My daughter is learning to play the trumpet (as a second instrument) I might share it with her. I've read that the military needs more buglers for funerals for veterans who have served. These days they are often having to use recorded music, which is sad.
From Christina C.
Posted on October 15, 2012 at 5:51 PM
(With apologies to Daniel... nice post though!) Hey Karen , I bought the Cellist of Sarajevo a couple of months ago after a violist at a workshop recommended it & I just started it yesterday. I really like it so far & there's an extra connection for the folks at this particular workshop as the 4tet that runs it founded the Sarajevo chamber music festival in an effort to help.

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