NASHVILLE, TN – The renowned Medical Musical Group will be celebrating Veterans Day in Nashville on Friday, November 10 at 7 p.m. at the Grand Ole Opry House. America’s premier choir and symphony orchestra of doctors, nurses, volunteers and other musically gifted individuals will be joined by a variety of celebrity guest artists whose mission is to inspire a world of peace, hope and inspiration through music. Country artist and television personality, Jessie James Decker and world-class entertainer Deana Martin will join the acclaimed group of over 200 musicians and singers as special guests. The host for the evening at the Grand Ole Opry House will be Circle TV network host Natalie Stovall of Runaway June, alongside iconic television and radio host Storme Warren.
The concert will have a patriotic theme around Veterans Day with the title “AN AMERICAN RESURRECTION: Yes, I’ll Rise Again!” to benefit the children of military families battling cancer at Vanderbilt, St. Jude and Shriners hospitals, as well as to raise awareness about the physical and mental health of veterans. Renowned musicians and directors of the band include Victor Wahby (conductor), Joe A. Fitzpatrick (choral conductor) and Joseph Car (associate conductor) who share a passion for helping veterans and promoting Patriotism. With discounted tickets for veterans and seniors, the whole family can celebrate everyone who served at one of the most prestigious concert halls with tickets available for all ages five and up. A limited number of tickets will be made available free of charge to veterans via Vettix.com.
At MMG concerts, you don’t have to ask if there’s a doctor in the house! The award-winning Medical Musical Group is considered by many to be the world’s first integrated medical symphony and choral orchestra. Core members are “healers” – doctors, nurses, and volunteers from the veteran community and other American medical centers and schools throughout the United States. MMG’s mission is to perform “Music with a Message” – of healing, hope, inspiration, patriotism at home, and peace and international brotherhood abroad. They deeply cherish American veterans and share a heartfelt and sincere concern for their issues. Many MMG performances have been televised, as has the Grand Ole Opry House concert. Medical Musical Group received the Bob Hope Award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society for its service to veterans, and in particular its Veterans Anthem.
Singer, songwriter, TV personality, fashion designer, beauty and lifestyle influencer/entrepreneur and 2-time New York Times bestselling author, Jessie James Decker has become a cross-platform juggernaut juggling fashion brands like her Kittenish line. personally designed with three retail stores and growing alongside her duties as a television host. Signed to Warner Music Nashville, Jessie’s passion for music has made the multi-talented entertainer one of music’s true firebrands. The singer’s authentic style immediately captivated listeners around the world on her self-titled debut in 2009. She continued to keep it real with her second studio album, 2017’s Southern Girl City Lights, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Now it’s on to a new musical chapter of growth and empowerment with her new single “Should Have Known Better” and The Woman I’ve Become EP, out now. Jessie lives with her husband, retired NFL player Eric Decker, and their three children, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Deana Martin is a world-class artist who is equally at home with a famous symphony, in a legendary concert hall, or on an intimate cabaret stage with a swinging jazz quintet. She is a New York Times bestselling author, a talented actress, a singer of incredible depth and passion, and a licensed pilot. When talent is part of the family pedigree, it can sometimes be difficult for an artist to carve out an individual path, Deana Martin has managed to navigate this tricky terrain.
Born in Egypt, Dr. Wahby is one of those truly authentic Renaissance men. It has an incredible track record of cutting-edge achievements in multiple diverse fields of human endeavour. It is therefore difficult to try to summarize it in a short account. Despite not having a formal music degree, Dr. Wahby describes himself as a “lifelong learner” of music. He began his musical training with Joseph El-Sisi, the Vienna-trained conductor of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. Later, he taught with several distinguished conductors in Beirut, Lebanon; London, England; Chicago, Ill.; and Washington, DC. Dr. Wahby has conducted full MMG performances at major concert halls across the United States, e.g. Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, DAR Constitution Hall, Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theater, Las Vegas Hilton “Elvis” Theater, Kennedy Center, Peabody Conservatory, San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, Schlesinger Concert Hall, Strathmore Hall. Also, at the White House, the US Congress, the Pentagon and for the United Nations – as well as in more than 30 foreign countries. Dr. Wahby says, “We come to the Opry House with a sense of wonder and deep respect. It is sacred ground for us”. He’s programmed a musical variety show that’s akin to the concerts at the Capitol, but — with the lion’s share dedicated to country music.
Joe Fitzpatrick has been worship and music pastor at Nashville First Baptist since May 2009 after serving twenty years as worship pastor for Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Previously, he served churches in Jacksonville, Florida, Fort Worth, Texas and Oklahoma. He holds degrees in trumpet, voice, and conducting from Oklahoma State University (BME) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MCM). Mr. Fitzpatrick is a past president of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference and the world-renowned Grammy- and Dove-nominated recording and touring ensemble The CenturyMen. He is a member and star soloist of the Nashville Symphony Chorus and has just been appointed to the post of conductor of the tenor section. He sings with the Tennessee Baptist Men’s Chorale and completed a two-year term as president in November 2021. He has also served as president of the Arkansas Master’s Singers Men’s Chorus and has hosted the Metro Music Conference and Getty Music. Singing conferences. You can occasionally catch him singing the national anthem at various professional and college sporting events in the Nashville area. He sang the role of Kaspar in Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors, with the Nashville Symphony.
Associate conductor, Dr. Joseph Car has been a member of the MMG for many years. He also practiced internal medicine for twenty years at the Hometown Healthcare Clinic in Spencer, IN. Dr. Car began his musical career on piano and trumpet and was a student bandleader at his high school and the Franklin and Marshall College Bands. During his senior year at college, he enrolled in an independent study of music theory and conducting in association with a visiting scholar program at the University of Millersville (PA). While at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, he continued his studies with professors from the Curtis Institute and performances with the Philadelphia Doctors Orchestra. After establishing a medical practice in Chicago, he continued his studies with mentors in Chicago and performances with the Northside Symphony Orchestra and the “Do It Yourself Messiah Orchestra”. Dr.Car has studied orchestral and band conducting with professors from Indiana University, Northwestern University, Temple University, North Texas State University, of the Rose City Chamber Orchestra and the Bohuslav Marinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Zlin, Czech Republic. In addition to his duties with MMG, Dr. Car is Associate Conductor of the Bloomington Community Band and a member of the Percussion Section of the World Doctors Orchestra in Berlin, Germany.