INSPIRING STORY OF THE WEEK
AND THE MUSIC PLAYS ON
by Charles Musgrave, Ph.D.
You won’t want to miss this Inspiring Story!
Early on, Dan Johns was recognized for his musical talents. He started dabbling with musical instruments in grade school. By high school was chosen to play in every all-state competition in Nebraska. The trumpet was always his best friend!
Years flew by. Aside from his career as a vocational high school teacher, Dan continued to play in local dance bands. For fifteen years he was lead trumpet in the Tavern Band at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. But once diagnosed with C.O.P.D., Dan and his wife, Jean moved to Arizona, where the dry dessert air eased his breathing. He joined several local dance and concert bands, always sitting first chair as their lead trumpet player. And then the “downhill run” of C.O.P.D. caught up with him.
His disease progressed from bad to worse. Finally he was advised that his days were numbered and entered a Hospice program. But this was hardly the end of Dan Johns’ story. And the Music Plays On is the inspiring story of how Dan’s beloved trumpet literally saved his life. And so, the music played on.
Watch this video to meet Dan and learn more about his story.
Charles Musgrave is the conductor and musical director of the Desert Brass Band of Sun City, Arizona. During his early career years, Charlie worked as an Instrumental Music teacher. Later he worked as a college and university administrator. Since his retirement, Charlie says he has had the privilege of working with many former professional musicians and music teachers. Their band performs in the northwest valley of Phoenix, Arizona. “I have known and utilized the skills and enthusiasm of many talented musicians. But one of my special ‘guys’ has been my first chair trumpet player, Dan Johns.” Charlie worked with Dan for over ten years. If he had to select a top musician in his band, Charlie says Dan would head the list.
This story is now published in
Tales2Inspire ~ The Topaz Collection
(Awakenings & Aha Moments)