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About Bill Protzmann
Bill Protzmann (PRAHTS’-man) is a man on a mission: to raise awareness of the power of music as self care.
In addition to founding and running a successful high-tech telecom management firm for 25 years, he holds magna cum laude degrees in piano performance and creative writing, and has concertized and performed for many years with a focus on bringing music to audiences in non-traditional ways. His recording of “Amazing Grace” topped the mp3.com charts in July of 2000, and he has released two all-original CDs. He has performed and worked with opera stars, poets, Dixieland, jazz, rock and pop tribute bands, in musical theatre, and as a solo concert pianist and entertainer.
On Memorial Day weekend 2007, Protzmann premiered a new version of his one-man show, “Connected!,” with a focus on using music as a self-intervention tool for issues related to military service. In 2011, he launched Music Care Inc, a for-profit corporation dedicated to providing education in music as adjunct treatment for post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety.
In addition to its concert format, “Connected!” is also offered as a corporate keynote address, a daylong seminar and a 30-minute short-format teaser. In addition to recent performances in Southern California, “Connected!” has been presented:
- at the 2013 Military Behavioral Health Care Conference in Alexandria, Virginia;
- at the 2013 Consumer Action Conference in Chicago, Illinois;
- at the La Jolla VA Healthcare System and SHARP Hospital Wellness Center;
- for the VA Chaplaincy couples program “From Warrior to Soulmate;”
- as a weekly program at Episcopal Community Services of California’s “Friend to Friend” clubhouse;
- as a weekly program of People Assisting the Homeless in downtown San Diego;
- at 2-1-1 San Diego as a part of the employee in-service enrichment program.
As a volunteer, Mr Protzmann has served as a Director and San Diego Area facilitator of Guitars for Vets, a nationwide non-profit corporation that provides guitars and instruction to Veterans for relief from post-traumatic stress. He is an Associate member of the American Music Therapy Association and a member of the Healing Music Organization, and his work was recognized by the National Council for Behavioral Health with one of 18 national Awards of Excellence in 2014. When he talks about music and self care, he speaks with gentle conviction and from real experience.
Bill Protzmann Success Stories
Music Care Helps Homeless Folks
Bill Protzmann, “the music man” inspires hope here at Friend to Friend (F2F Homeless w/SMI). I have seen a change since Bill began volunteering at F2F. Bill and I are both advocates for recovery from mental illness and addiction. As a former working musician and performer myself, I consider Bill to not only be an accomplished musician, but an articulate, compassionate man committed to spreading the multifaceted universal language of music to heal. Bill was instrumental in facilitating one of our client’s dreams to heal through music by inspiring him to provide guitar lessons for homeless veterans (Guitars for Vets).more
Bill has been teaching the transformative power of rhythm and sound to our clients for the past three years. Our clients are often fearful of participating in classes but, Bill’s unique abilities exemplify this famous quote “Music has charms to soothe the savage breast to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak”. William Congreve, The Mourning Bride, Act 1 Scene 1 English dramatist (1670 – 1729).
Recently, a member of F2F said to me “You know Doug, I did not want to go to music class this morning because I was not feeling well, but I attended anyway, and I am so glad I did.” I asked another client what she thought of the music class and she said “I give it a 10! It was cool to learn about different kinds of music. I enjoyed learning how to calm myself down using music.” Another person said “When Bill brought out the drums for the class. I started playing one, and had so much fun. I smiled for the first time in a long time.”
Most striking are those who are reluctant initially to attend class, but as Bill works his music magic they are transformed. Today in class, Bill traced the blues way back to Field Hollers’, Chain Gangs, and Prison Farms. Speaking the universal language of music, Bill educated our folks on music history, while helping their moods transform from grim to cheerful.
Bill helps open our minds to the power of transformation and recovery through the transcendent medium of music.
We are so blessed to have Bill Protzmann, the music teacher and the “friend” of the Friend to Friend Program.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
ECS Friend to Friend