Candomusos was established to become the global voice for challenged musicians all over the world. Our aim is to promote and support musicians with any kind of disability. The name comes from the idea that having a “Can Do attitude” is the first step toward success. A “Muso” or “musos” are terms used widely in England and Australia to describe a musician or group of musicians with passion and dedication to their music. The two words joined together to form a unique name and way of describing our vision.
Co-founder David Segal says, “We had a meeting, or summit of sorts, on how we could come together to start an organization that would empower disabled musicians.” Andrew was in the US for the first time from Australia has Cerebral Palsy; Mike was in from Tennessee also has Cerebral Palsy and David, originally of New York, from Connecticut has Arthrogryposis. We recently added Drummer Joe Hardy to our team. Mr. Hardy, born with no legs, is based in the Anaheim area and plays in the hard rock band Unit 287.
On the website Candomusos.com the term “challenges” is used instead of disability, because sadly quite often the word disability is misinterpreted as inability. As of October 13th they have 125 members on the site representing 14 countries from across the world. Andrew Hewitt says, “We wish to change the negative attitudes and turn them into positives.”
Candomusos was started by Drummers David Segal, Dom Famularo, Andrew Hewitt and Mike Mignogna in March 2013 at Dom’s WizDom Drumshed in Long Island, New York. Dom Famularo is well-known drummer and clinician who inspires people all over the world. Socially they can be found at www.facebook.com/pages/Can-Do-Musos/457807147633068 and www.twitter.com/CanDoMusos.