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Desirae Gooding

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In the fall of 2013, Erynn Mcleod spent her first semester at Stony Brook University behind a desk, memorizing facts about phytoplankton and marine mammals. Since then, the current music director of The Pipettes, Stony Brook’s all-female a cappella group, has realized that performing is her calling and that the stage is her home. Her father, Raymond Mcleod, has been a Broadway talent for many years, starring Evita and a stage production of Jekyll and Hyde to name a few. For the Mcleods, music is and always has been, a major part of family life. “[She’s been] musically inclined since birth.” he says. “The first music she sang wasn’t Barney but show tunes.” Erynn Mcleod’s up-beat attitude is no surprise. The high-maintenance theatrical world is hardly difficult for someone born into it. “She was literally born in the trunk,” Raymond Mcleod, said.  The family had been touring Houston, Texas for…

It’s the sound of a brass instrument, a comatose patient and a miraculous re-entry into the world. Experiences like these are precisely why the members of Music & Medicine continue to perform. The club, run by students at Stony Brook University, was founded in the spring of 2014. Its members perform at rehabilitation centers, hospitals, child care facilities and nursing homes with the intention of putting melody and rhythm to therapeutic use. The group opens its doors to a range of talented musicians and singers, playing anything from “God Bless America” to songs straight off the “Frozen” soundtrack. Music and Medicine, also known as M & M, currently consists of 25 members and is now eligible for a budget. The group considers themselves something of a family. Strong friendships have been forged, laughter has been shared and lasting memories–as well as music–are made. Biology major and Stony Brook freshman Clara…