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Help the Ryan Anthony Foundation Fight Cancer

October 2016

Everyone knows that Cancer Blows but The Ryan Anthony foundation is doing something about it. You can too!  When you order your CD/DVD pack of this magical evening, all of the money goes to the Ryan Anthony Foundation to fight cancer.


Ryan is a beloved past member of Canadian Brass and a dear friend and artist on Canada's Opening Day Entertainment label. Monday is Thanksgiving Day in Canada, so what better time to for the label to support Ryan and his foundation who embody this sense of gratitude.

When Dallas Symphony Principal Trumpet Ryan Anthony was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in the fall of 2012, it was a shock. “Nothing can prepare you for receiving the diagnosis of incurable cancer,” Ryan said. “I assumed the news of life being taken away would bring fear and anger but, to my surprise, I received something completely different. I was given the gift of life. I now appreciate time, have courage to dream, emotions to love and ability to trust in my future.” One of his dreams was to use music to help those afflicted with multiple myeloma. Ryan and his wife, Niki, started The Ryan Anthony Foundation to raise awareness of the disease and to help fund a cure. A week before Ryan’s stem cell transplant in 2013, Doc Severinsen called him to ask how he could help. “When I’m healthy again,” Ryan replied, “I’d like to share the stage with you one more time.” Then, during his long recuperation from the transplant, Ryan received calls from trumpet players all over the country offering best wishes and asking what they could do and plans started to come together for the CANCER BLOWS concert.

Some of the trumpeters to take part in the evening performances were former Tonight Show band leader and trumpet legend, Doc Severinsen; three former members of the Canadian Brass (Joe Burgstaller, Jens Lindemann and Ronald Romm); former Metropolitan Opera Principal Trumpet Mark Gould; founding member of the rock group Chicago, Lee Loughnane; jazz legendArturo Sandoval; lead trumpet for the Boston Brass, Jose Sibaja; and five trumpeters who have enjoyed acclaim for varied careers encompassing teaching, composing, recording, Broadway, film, and touring: Anthony DiLorenzo, Vince DiMartino, Chris Jaudes, Marvin Stamm and Allen Vizzutti. Ryan even welcomed a trombone player to the group: jazz artistWycliffe Gordon, who brought his trumpet-sized soprano trombone. Rounding out the cast were two conductors: Dallas Symphony Principal Pops ConductorJeff Tyzik (who is also a trumpet player), and Robert Moody, Music Director of the Portland and Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestras. Assisting artists at Wednesday’s concert were Ryan’s fellow musicians in the Dallas Symphony, and the University of North Texas’s famous One O’Clock Lab Band.

The Opening Day Entertainment label is offering the Cancer Blows CD/Combo Pack from that evening through the Canadian Brass online store and all proceeds are going to The Ryan Anthony Foundation. The amazing amount of trumpet greats performing on this special CD/DVD pack make it A MUST HAVE FOR TRUMPET PLAYERS and those who simply enjoy great music!