FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY DISABLED MUSICIANS SET TO OPEN BIGGEST MUSIC TRADE SHOW IN NORTH AMERICA
With United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities coming up this week, CandoMusos (www.candomusos.com), the global voice for disabled musicians, is proud to announce that a “Supergroup” of its members has been selected to play CenterStage at the opening of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) 2017 conference on January 19th @ 11AM. The event will be hosted by drumming's global ambassador Dom Famularo. Playing in the band will be members of The Mendenhall Experiment – Brandon Mendenhall, Nate Stockton, Mario Valadez, drummers Andrew Hewitt, Joe Hardy, David Segal and Mark Goffeney, who plays guitar with his feet.
CandoMusos has over 250 members from 27 countries that use our free website fostering worldwide communication among disabled musicians.
This past spring CandoMusos worked with the BBC get 10 of its members into a commercial that was used to promote the Paralympics. The campaign is entitled “Yes I Can”, used the song of the same title that was made popular by Sammy Davis Jr. Here is a link to the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IocLkk3aYlk. It has been viewed over 7 million times.
About CandoMusos: It was started in 2013 at Dom Famularo WizDom drum studio. The founding members include David Segal, who has Arthrogryposis, Andrew Hewitt and Mike Mignogna, who both have cerebral palsy. Recently added was new Associate Board member drummer Joe Hardy, who was born with no legs, from California. It is for all musicians with challenges, not just drummers. For the last two events we have presented at the NAMM show in the HOT Zone and last year in TEC Tracks. During our 2016 Namm presentation we talked and played to a full house. Joining us on stage was Mark Goffeney, who was born with no arms and plays guitar with his feet; drummer Dean Zimmer, who also has Arthrogryposis and members of the Mendenhall Experiment, who are disabled.