There is a wealth of evidence to show that music is beneficial to us, whether we are listening or playing. These benefits can be enjoyed by all: able-bodied and those with disabilities alike.
Team Bader Music has been created to enable amputees and those with other disabilities to enjoy making music in the same supportive and encouraging environment that Team Bader Cycling provides for cyclists.
Playing music with other people and creating harmony in sound is a powerful psychological influence that can give rise to feelings of spiritual and social harmony as well as the sense of achievement. Music itself is capable of engendering emotions, feelings, thoughts and images depending on what is being listened to. All in all, music is an incredibly powerful and inclusive branch of the Arts.
I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours. But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places. Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality. – H.A. Overstreet
‘Bader’s Big Band’
Our first Team Bader Music project is the exciting and ambitious creation of ‘Bader’s Big Band‘, a Big Band composed almost entirely of musicians from the UK with a physical disability or a diagnosed mental health condition. This unique band will record at a well-known studio and will perform at a variety of events. The project will be supported by relevant people in and connected to the music industry.
You can find out more about ‘Bader’s Big Band’ HERE. You will also find an application form should you wish to audition. Please note that the deadline is September 30th 2017.
Mark Bassey, Jazz Trombonist, Composer, Arranger, Educator and Band Leader.
Mark was born with no left hand and fingers missing on his right hand. He wears a split hook on his left arm, which he attaches to a pieces of leather on his slide, and has a metal digit on his right hand, which opposes the real finger. He plays left handed on a Bach 16 with an F attachment especially fitted by trombone maker Michael Bath, to enable him to reach 6th and 7th positions more easily.
Mark Bassey has been described as “a superb, witty player’ (Dave Gelly), whose playing can stretch from the “raucous” (John Fordham) to “an exquisite sound and perfect phrasing” (Brian Plain).
Mark has kindly said that we can put up some short films of him playing, so watch and be inspired!
You can check out Mark’s website by following the link