These guys are definitely not going to quit their day jobs.
But, in an effort to turn their love of music into a charitable contribution, a group of Harford County medical professionals has formed a band called The Arrhythmics, aiming to help raise awareness about heart disease.
"We really want to get the word out," said Steve Nodar, a medical sales representative who said the group will play at the 10th annual American Heart Association's Heart of Gold Gala today in Havre de Grace. "It's a really worthy cause."
Nodar is a guitarist and graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He had played at other charity events for the American Heart Association and was looking for a way to make a bigger contribution to this year's event.
While making his rounds in Harford and Cecil counties, Nodar discovered that some of his doctor clients shared his love of music.
"Just talking to them, I found out we had something in common," Nodar said. "The quality of musicians in this is incredible."
The band includes Nodar, seven doctors and a medical assistant. From a pediatrician who plays classical guitar to a family practitioner who sings Nat King Cole songs, the band is arranged in small groups that play different musical styles.
During a recent rehearsal, internist George Henry of Havre de Grace and medical assistant Dann Reynolds jammed with Nodar.
Notes from "The Girl From Ipanema" spilled from Henry's living room as they worked to perfect the arrangement.
"Let's try that last part one more time," said Reynolds, dressed in his hospital scrubs and cradling his trumpet.
Reynolds, who works at Johns Hopkins at Riverside, said he has been playing since childhood and welcomed the opportunity to play for charity. "Steve was talking to one of the doctors who he knew played bass, and he and I got to talking," Reynolds said. "I had played some Christmas music around the office for the heck of it so I thought, why not?"
After buying a keyboard for his children eight years ago, Henry taught himself to play by ear.
"I've always been interested in music," he said. "When my kids didn't use the keyboard I bought for them, I didn't want it to go to waste. It helps me to relax after the rigors of practicing medicine."
Kim Snee, American Heart Association area director for Harford and Cecil counties, said the band will add a special touch to the dance music, dinner and silent auction at the gala, to be held at Swan Harbor Farm.
"The event is supported through the kindness and generosity of the local business community," Snee said. "We're really fortunate."
The Heart of Gold Gala will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight. Tickets: 888-514-5867, Ext. 566.
Pub Date: 10/02/99