CancerBlows Lineup Revealed For “The Legends Concert” And “CancerBlows: The Principals Recording Session And Concert”

CancerBlows*

The 2017 CancerBlows lineup has been finalized and the only one missing is Gabriel! According to organizers, the “legendary trumpet players” who will be performing at “The Legends Concert” on Wednesday, May 10, at the Meyerson will include Doc Severinsen of “Tonight Show” fame, ten-time Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval,  “Chicago” founder Lee Loughane, Dave Matthews band artist Rashawn Ross, DSO principal trumpet Ryan Anthony, international soloist Wycliffe Gordon, Hollywood musician Wayne Bergeron, international soloist Randy Brecker, former Canadian Brass artist Joe Burgstaller, cancer survivor and composer Anthony DiLorenzo, clinician Vince DiMartino, former Canadian Brass artist Jens Lindemann, international soloist Rex Richardson,  former Canadian Brass artist Ronald Romm, Boston Brass soloist Jose Sibaja, international artist Marvin Stamm, international soloist Allen Vizzutti, world-renowned conductor Jeff Tyzik and Bozeman and Wyoming Symphony Director Matthew Savery.

In addition to the Wednesday big-name concert, there is also the “CancerBlows: The Principals Recording Session And Concert” at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 8, at the Meyerson featuring Ryan Anthony, David Krauss of Met Orchestra, Chris Martin of the New York Philharmonic, Tom Rolfs of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, Michael Sachs of the Cleveland Orchestra, Mark Gould of the NY Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Mark Hughes of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Kyle Sherman of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Stanley Friedman of the Israel Philharmonic, the Imperial Brass and Tom Booth, Russell Campbell, Kevin Finamore, Barry Hearn and Chris Oliver of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

It was just two years ago that North Texas got blown away by this incredible collection of musicians benefiting Baylor Health Care System Foundation and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Tickets and sponsorships are still available here!

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According to Cancer Blows Co-Chairs D’Andra Simmons-Lock and Jeremy Lock and Anne and Steve Stodghill,

Jeremy Lock and D'Andra Simmons Lock (File photo)

Jeremy Lock and D’Andra Simmons Lock (File photo)

Anne and Steve Stodghill (File photo)

Anne and Steve Stodghill (File photo)

“CancerBlows was meant to be a one-time musical event bringing together legendary trumpet players in a special concert and after party benefiting the Baylor Health Care System Foundation cancer programs and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation with donations channeled through The Ryan Anthony Foundation in 2015.  Trumpeters included Doc Severinsen from ‘The Tonight Show,’ Lee Loughnane from Chicago, Arturo Sandoval, former trumpet players from Canadian Brass-all referred to as the Thirty Trumpet Legends.

Ryan Anthony*

Ryan Anthony*

“The event sold out and raised more than $1 million in cash and in-kind donations to help Ryan Anthony, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s principal trumpet and former Canadian Brass member, raise money for cancer research.  Ryan was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a typically terminal cancer of the bone, in 2012.  Fortunately, with great medical care Ryan remains in remission.  He and his wife, Niki Anthony, realized the event could be more than just a concert with funds used to raise awareness and money to further research that has helped give the Ryan family hope for the future.

“Just a decade ago, multiple myeloma was a death sentence with life span of three to five years.  While the cancer is considered incurable and terminable, recent advances in research have greatly expanded the life span of newly diagnosed patients.  In 2015, three new drugs were approved for treatment of multiple myeloma by the FDA increasing treatment options by 20 percent.

David Haemisegger and Nancy Nasher (File photo)

David Haemisegger and Nancy Nasher (File photo)

“CancerBlows will return to Dallas on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center with The Legends Concert followed by the After Party in the lobby.  Approximately 2,000 guests will experience the concert and approximately 300 guests will be included the in the After Party festivities.

 

“We thrilled to announce that philanthropists Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger are serving as honorary chairmen.

“There are a myriad of sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 CancerBlows event ranging from Presenting Sponsor to Student Experience Sponsor which allows students the opportunity to attend CancerBlows events, classes, discussions and meet and greet with event performers.

“Please visit www.CancerBlows.com for more information.”

* Photo provided by CancerBlows

D’Andra Simmons-Lock And Jeremy Lock Put Their Own Spin On Letter Signing For CancerBlows Host Committee

Letter signings may seem ho-hum after your second or third one. They usually take place during the day with loads of munchies and ice tea and stacks of letters to personalize. The drill is sign your name to the letter with a note and pass it along to the next person at the table. But leave it to 2017 CancerBlows Co-Chair D’Andra Simmons-Lock and Jeremy Lock to put their own spin on the John Hanocking of the fundraising host committee invite letters.

Ryan Anthony

Ryan Anthony

On Monday, July 18, they held the signing in the evening with glasses of wine and the event’s man-of-inspiration Ryan Anthony at the kitchen/dining room table. Instead of a chore, it was a party. As guests arrived, Jeremy reported that he had just returned from Alaska with killer photos of people and scenes. Pointing out his Burning Man collection framed on the wall, he revealed that his next project involves National Geographic.

But as soon as Ryan in his CancerBlows sports shirt arrived with boxes of letters, the crew took their places at the glass-top table.

D'Andra Simmons-Lock and Jeremy Lock

D’Andra Simmons-Lock and Jeremy Lock

Despite a political convention on the TV screen overhead, no one seemed to notice Anderson Cooper reporting on CNN. They were all focused on the letters. D’Andra took a moment to recall her past signings that had resulted in hand surgery. Then Jeremy cleared his voice signaling to get back to work.

According to the letters, D’Andra, Jeremy and their Co-Chairs Anne and Steve Stodghill have arranged for Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger to serve as honorary co-chairs. And like the 2015 event benefiting Baylor Health Care System Foundation and Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, CancerBlows will be return to the Meyerson on Wednesday, May 10, with an ensemble of world-famous musicians including Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Canadian Brass, members of Ryan’s home team at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and many more.

CancerBlows*

CancerBlows*

Among the perks that members of the host committee will receive will be invitations to special events and recognition in promotional materials, at the event, on the post-event CD/DVD and on the website.

If you haven’t gotten your letter, contact Ryan’s hardworking wife Niki Anthony and she’ll make sure you’re at the top of the list. And, yes, there are all types of sponsorship opportunities available.

*  Graphic provided by CancerBlows           

JUST IN: Cancer Blows Will Be Blowing This Way Come May To Battle Multiple Myeloma With All-Star Chairs

D’Andra Simmons-Lock is going to be spending a lot of time at the Meyerson in May. As if she didn’t have enough on her agenda chairing The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Luncheon on Monday, May 1, at the Meyerson, she’s added another ball to juggle. After launching Cancer Blows last year to raise funds for multiple myeloma, she’s just signed up to co-chair the 2nd Cancer Blows on Wednesday, May 10. And, yes, it will take place at the Meyerson.

Cancer Blows*

Cancer Blows*

Luckily, she’s going to have some heavy hitters helping her. Of course, it wouldn’t be Cancer Blows without Niki and Ryan Anthony, who inspired the creation of the multiple-myeloma fundraiser.

Back story: Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet Ryan was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a terminal cancer of the bone marrow that usually hits folks over 65. Ryan was just 43. Thanks to research and developments, Ryan’s treatments resulted in his remission. During his battle with the disease, he was overwhelmed by the support of trumpet players from all over the world. The Anthonys finished battling multiple myeloma and created The Ryan Anthony Foundation to provide funding for additional efforts.

Joining D’Andra, Niki and Ryan will be D’Andra’s husband, award-winning photographer Jeremy Lock, and her buds Anne and Steve Stodghill.

Ryan Anthony (File photo)

Ryan Anthony (File photo)

Jeremy Lock and D'Andra Simmons Lock (File photo)

Jeremy Lock and D’Andra Simmons Lock (File photo)

Anne and Steve Stodghill (File photo)

Anne and Steve Stodghill (File photo)

David Haemisegger and Nancy Nasher (File photo)

David Haemisegger and Nancy Nasher (File photo)

Making the leadership a true home run is the addition of Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger as honorary co-chairs!

All of these folks are on board because they have firsthand knowledge of how cancer can dramatically change the lives of the patients, as well as their families.

The evening will include a concert by some of the world’s most prestigious trumpets and an after-party at the Meyerson with the concert being simulcast to a nearby location and live streamed.

Funds raised from the concert and after-party will benefit Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and Baylor Health Care System Foundation.

Stay tuned for the list of artists who will be making music history and big bucks to tackle multiple myeloma.

* Graphic provided by Cancer Blows

 

There She Blows! Full House Listens To Famous Trumpeters, Raises Money For Multiple Myeloma

Upstairs at the VIP party in the Meyerson Symphony Center, Joel Allison was saying that although he’d had a busy day, he wouldn’t have missed this concert event called Cancer Blows for anything.

“Busy” might have been an understatement. The CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health had risen that day at 3:30 a.m., worked out, then headed for the airport to catch a flight to Austin, where he was to meet with the Texas governor and lieutenant governor about health-care legislation. Allison’s flight was canceled, though, so he wound up driving to the state capital, just barely making his meetings, then just barely making it back to Dallas in time for Cancer Blows.

Billed as a “once-in-a-lifetime musical event” bringing together the world’s most famous trumpet players, the Cancer Blows fundraiser attracted 2,000 guests on March 4 to honor Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet player Ryan Anthony. Anthony was diagnosed more than two years ago with multiple myeloma, a plasma-cell cancer that’s considered incurable and terminal, but has undergone successful treatment including chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant at Baylor’s Sammons Cancer Center. Proceeds from the concert were to be directed through The Ryan Anthony Foundation to benefit the Baylor Health Care System Foundation and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Following the VIP gathering—where besides Allison you could spot the likes of Robin Robinson with his daughter Kate Swail, Sheila and Jody Grant, Jinna and Jerry Lancourt, Blaine Nelson, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Kara and Randall Goss and Dee Simmons with Cary McGuire—guests filed into the symphony hall for the much-anticipated concert. After a welcome by emcee Jody Dean—“The only famous horn not here tonight is Gabriel, and we really don’t want him showing up,” Dean quipped—the full house was treated to a varied evening of classical, jazz and pop music.

The first half, which featured members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, included performances by Lee Loughnane, a founding member of the rock group Chicago, and Anthony himself, who teamed with such trumpet all-stars as Jens Lindemann, Joe Burgstaller, and Ronald Romm. The second half, with the University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band, starred the likes of musical legends Arturo Sandoval and Doc Severinson, the bandleader for “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” for 30 years.

Honorary chairs for the fundraiser were Diane and Hal Brierley. D’Andra Simmons-Lock and Jeremy Lock served as event chairs. Mickey and Bill Lively were special event advisers.

SOLD OUT: Cancer Blows

While the Trinity Trust River Rats and Pack Rats may have decided to postpone their sneak peek of Texas Horse Park, the Cancer Blows organizers are charging ahead with horns aplenty at the Meyerson on Wednesday night.

Cancer Blows*

Cancer Blows*

Just got word from Niki Anthony, who’s been working harder that a meteorologist, that

“We are officially sold out which is wonderful news!

“We do plan to hold the concert no matter the weather. All of the musicians have made it in to town and are ready to go no matter what.”

Sure, the weather may not be picture perfect, but if these world-renowned trumpet players can fly in from around all part to support Dallas Symphony Orchestra principle trumpet/Niki’s husband Ryan Anthony’s effort to vanquish multiple myeloma, locals can go a block or mile to blast cancer.

Co-chairs D’Andra Simmons Lock and her husband Jeremy Lock are being joined by Honorary Co-Chairs Diane and Hal Brierley to raise funds for Baylor Health Care System Foundation and Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Since it’s indoors at the Meyerson, so let’s see if the musicians don’t blow the tiles off the ceiling.

* Graphic provided by Cancer Blows

Cancer Blows! To Bring Together Top Trumpet Players To Raise Funds To Fight Cancer

One potential donor admitted that she initially felt uneasy about the title of the proposed event — “Cancer Blows!” But that was before the Wednesday, December 3rd announcement at Kathie and Randy King’s marvelous home.

Tony McClung and Kathie King

Tony McClung and Kathie King

At 7 p.m. Event Co-Chairs D’Andra Simmons Lock and Jeremy Lock announced the new event that would take place on Wednesday, March 4 at the Meyerson.

But there was a back story. Perhaps that’s why Dallas Symphony Orchestra President/CEO Jonathan Martin was on hand.

Jonathan Martin

Jonathan Martin

Robin Robinson and Ryan Anthony

Robin Robinson and Ryan Anthony

It seems that Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal trumpeter Ryan Anthony was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2012. Sure, cancer in any form is a life-altering situation, but Ryan’s form of cancer was “a terminal cancer of the bone marrow that most often appears in patients 70 and older.” Ryan was a youthful 43 years old with wife, Niki, and two munchkins.

So, he battened down the hatches and undertook the battle against the disease with the help of the Baylor staff including Dr. Alan Miller. It was during his treatments that he heard time and time again from fellow horn blowers throughout the musical world that they wanted him to know that they were there for him.

But the Anthonys wanted to do more than conquer Ryan’s cancer. They wanted to help raise funds for research and treatment and to support the professionals who had been by their side. So, he organized his army of brassy friends like Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Loughnane and others for the get-together fundraiser for Baylor Health Care System Foundation and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Initially, organizers wanted to hold the event in New York City, but Ryan said, “No. It has to be down here.” As for the name “Cancer Blows!,” that was Niki’s idea.

Plans call for the trumpet players to spend Monday, March 2, visiting Booker T. Washington for a panel discussion that is open to the public followed by the musicians performing a concert/recording at Dallas City Performance Hall.

Tuesday, March 3, “select artists” will participate in master classes and clinics at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.

Wednesday evening the concert itself will have additional perks for key sponsors like a VIP Lounge and After-Party. There will also be a simulcast of the concert that will be open to the public.

Cary Maguire and Dee Simmons

Cary Maguire and Dee Simmons

Despite all this organization and planning, even Ryan hadn’t planned on the power of the D’s — D’Andra and her mom Dee Simmons. The power mom-daughter team can raise funds like spring flowers at the Arboretum.

Suzanne and David Palmlund and Courtney Rottman

Suzanne and David Palmlund and Courtney Rottman

On this evening, Dee took charge of auctioning off a dinner with Ryan and Niki. With her date Cary Maguire looking on, the blonde cancer survivor mounted a bidding competition among the crowd that included Honorary Co-Chairs Diane and Hal Brierley, Robin Robinson, Courtney Rottman, Suzanne and David Palmlund, Carol Seay, Laree Hulshoff, Ben Fischer, Tony McClung, Lynn McBee and Stacey and John Relton.

The results? No $500 supper. Nor even a $1,000 feast. How about $12,000!

JUST IN: “Cancer Blows” Is Announced

A brand new fundraiser was announced last night at Kathie and Randy King’s home. Unlike others in the past, this one is full of puffed-up cheeks. It’s called “Cancer Blows” and will take place on Wednesday, March 4, at the Meyerson, with D’Andra Simmons-Lock and Jeremy Lock chairing the event, and Diane and Hal Brierley doing the honorary co-chair duties.

It will feature “the most famous trumpet players in the world in a special concert and after party.” Such trumpeters will include Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval and Lee Loughnane from the band Chicago.

Robin Robinson and Ryan Anthony

Robin Robinson and Ryan Anthony

Briefly here is the back story: The event is the result of Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s principal trumpet Ryan Anthony, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a terminal cancer of the bone marrow. It’s a disease that usually hits folks in their 70’s, not a 40-something with two kids in elementary school. But Ryan did more than just treatments to battle the disease. He and his wife, Niki, came up with the idea of his horn-blowing buddies coming together to raise funds for the Baylor Health Care System Foundation and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

More deets will follow, but mark this one down on the calendar and  “well git it!“, so, you don’t blow it.

BTW, here’s a little gift of beauty courtesy of Ryan. Just sit back and enjoy. Then order up your tickets.