Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Can-Do-Musos: The Power to Do More

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Can-Do-Musos: The Power to Do More

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The Can-Do Musos' mission is to be a global voice for disabled musicians. It hopes to connect people and bring hope to many. This organization wants to provide its members with an outlet through which they can express themselves by means of their music and art, and let their passion flourish.

Many times disability is confused with inability. A group of musicians, with members from different countries in the world, is determined to break away from the stigma that having a disability carries. They want people to understand that disability does not mean inability, just a challenge.

To do that, they promote the work of challenged musicians whose love and passion for music thrives through a facade that hides their talents.

These innovators are Can-Do Musos.

They want to show the world that people who have disabilities are not defined by them, and can overcome them.

Their name, Can-Do Musos, comes from the conjunction of two terms. Can-Do refers to having a positive, energetic attitude, believing that things can be done. Musos are people who are very passionate about their music and perfecting their craft.

Can-Do Musos' mission is to be a global voice for disabled musicians. It hopes to connect people and bring hope to many. This organization wants to provide its members with an outlet through which they can express themselves by means of their music and art, and let their passion flourish.

The concept for what would come to be Can-Do Musos was conceived at Dom Famularo's Wizdom Drumshed studio in Long Island, New York on March 15th, 2013. David Segal from Connecticut, Andrew Hewitt from Australia, Mike Mignogna from Tennessee, and Dom Famularo came together to brainstorm ideas. They wanted to create something that would empower musicians with disabilities, and help them gain acceptance.

As a result, they came up with an organization that would help music students with disabilities by networking and promotion of their art. Currently, there are 270 members from 31 countries, and this community of musicians continues to grow.

Dom Famularo, David Segal, Andrew Hewitt, and Mike Mignogna, are founders of Can-Do Musos and part of its Board of Directors. Joe Hardy, from California, joined their efforts later on as an Associate Board Member.

Dom Famularo has over thirty years of professional drumming experience. He is not only a drummer but also an author, educator, and motivational speaker. He has been dubbed as "Drumming's Global Ambassador." He is constantly traveling to different places to teach and speak to others.

David Segal is a professional drummer who plays different genres, adding his unique style. Segal is a fighter. He was born with arthrogryposis, which made his hands and feet clubbed. However, this did not stop him from following his passion. Although his left hand was essentially non-functional, and his right hand had no wrist flexion, he found a way, through wristbands and prosthetics, to never give up and fulfill his dreams. His own disability is what motivated him to form the group.

Andrew Hewitt is an inspirational drummer from Australia. Hewitt was born with cerebral palsy, which limits the function of his arms and legs. However, he has been able to manage to have a successful career in drumming for more than twenty years. He is also a teacher, motivational speaker, and disability advocate.

Mike Mignogna was also born with cerebral palsy. However, this has not stopped him from playing drums since he was eleven. Mignogna has written a book, Look Ma No Feet, to assist people with little to no use of their legs who wish to learn how to play drums.

Joe Hardy is a versatile drummer. He plays different rhythms, from heavy metal to jazz. He was born with no legs. Although this continues to be a challenge, his determination and perseverance have allowed him to stay strong and have a successful career as a professional musician. …

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