DNR was originally formed in 2002, when a group of 4 musically inclined physicians got together in a friend’s garage to play rock music. It was a way of unwinding at the end of a hectic day at the office. Initially, the band was comprised of 2 rhythm guitars, keyboard, and drums.
Over the last ten years, the band has gradually evolved into its current 7 member status but has remained true to its classic rock ’n roll roots. Because many of the band members are doctors by day and musicians at night, the name “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) appealed to our macabre sense of humor. The band eventually moved beyond the garage and now practices at a fabric warehouse where the acoustics are wonderful for making music.
The band focuses on danceable vintage tunes from the ‘60s and ’70’s, playing the music of such artists as Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison and the Beatles. Occasionally rock sounds of the 80’s and 90’s and classic jazz standards work their way into our repertoire. DNR has performed at The Levitt Pavilion in Westport and has donated its time at many charitable events including fundraisers for pancreatic and breast cancer, Norwalk Hospital and ALS.
We get our greatest pleasure from the energy of our audience dancing and enjoying the music we love to play. We look forward to seeing you at our next gig.
Dr. Rich Frank
Representing the entire horn section of DNR is no small task. It is certainly made easier when Gnorm turns up my mic (so if you can't hear me please nudge him to do so!). My sax career began when my older brother left home and left his sax behind; I gladly gave up the clarinet and got hooked on jazz. Dexter Gordon, Wayne Shorter and of course John Coltrane are my icons.
I listened intently during college and med school and once I landed in NYC for medical residency, continued studying jazz and playing with various groups including the Boys Harbor Big Band in Harlem. After establishing a career in Hematology/Oncology and cancer research, I joined the Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital and, soon after, DNR.
I am so grateful to be playing in the midst of such extraordinary human beings and super-talented musicians as are in this band. We have a special connection with our listeners and really want to make you happy. You can tell by our smiles that we certainly are.
My earliest musical memories are entertaining my enraptured grandparents with vocal renditions of my favorite songs. My sister and I would alternate, waiting impatiently for the other to finish, so we could have our moment in the sun. I loved to sing and wanted to be a singer (apparently along with the rest of the world!). I occasionally pursued my dream—I sang in a girl band in grade school and briefly in my college’s classic rock band.
I began training in classical flute as a child and have tried to transition to a more improvisational style since joining DNR. Professionally, I am a marketing director for a manufacturing company located in CT.
Playing with DNR has been a true kick for me—I never imagined I would fulfill my childhood fantasy and have an opportunity to work with such a talented and generous group of guys!
I grew up in a house where music was everywhere. My father ran a classical radio station in Washington DC and then a rock and roll station in Boston during the 60s and 70s. My mother was a piano teacher. I started off taking piano lessons from my mother, which lasted all of a couple of months.
From there I moved on to the electric guitar and eventually the bass guitar. I played bass all throughout the late 60’s in various bands until I graduated from High School. College and Law School interrupted my musical career and it was not until I established a law practice that I returned to playing with a local jazz band.
A couple of bands later I joined DNR. There is nothing like playing with people who love what they do, and want to share it with anyone that will listen. So, thanks for listening and dancing to our music.
Dr. Bob Altbaum
Growing up in NYC, a child of the sixties, the sound of rock and roll filled the Altbaum household. To me, it was the music of my generation, but that sound was destined to be classic rock. It would be thirty-five more years until I would have the opportunity to play it. I started taking classical piano lessons at age eight, but after three years became disenchanted with the regimentation of classical training. A three-year hiatus was followed by one year of popular music lessons and then I felt ready to launch my music career.
At age thirteen, three friends and I formed the less than legendary Blue Shades. After three months of no gigs, no groupies, no drugs and frequent adolescent voice changes by our lead singer, we reluctantly disbanded. The next thirty years were spent earning my M.D. and working as an internist in Westport, CT. while remaining in musical obscurity playing show tunes and Chanukah music for my children.
Fortunately, in 2002, three physician friends rescued me from music oblivion when they asked if I would play keyboard in a start-up rock and roll band. After minor personnel changes, we defined our classic rock sound, grew to eight members and became DNR, "Fairfield County's Almost all physician rock band". It has been a true joy playing the music I loved as a teenager for patients and other baby boomers in the area. I am proud to be a member of what the former Surgeon General Everett Koop called the "best multispecialty rock group in Fairfield County".
Dr. Andrew Parker (Lead Vocals)
When it comes to performing, Andrew is very diversified. His past endeavors include musical theater, singing telegrams, improv-style murder mystery dinner theater, and now DNR. He has played with bands throughout High School, College, Medical School and Residency.
However, DNR has been the longest-running of any of his projects. His musical pursuits have taken him such venues as The Bitter End, The China Club and even The Garden (well, it was The Beer Garden, a small German nightclub in Newark, but whatever...) Andrew has been practicing as an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist in Norwalk since 2001.
He is affiliated with Norwalk Hospital and The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, where he completed his residency. He loves treating both children and adults; and uses his training as a vocalist to assist him in caring for voice problems of fellow singers. He is grateful to his wonderful wife Melissa for supporting and encouraging him in pursuing this musical sideline. He really loves it when his kids Ethan and Daphne come see their dad perform with his buddies.
Kevin J. Fox
Representing the "almost" of "Fairfield County's Almost All Physician Band" is drummer Kevin J. Fox, who could have been a doctor if it weren't for that science thing.
His musical interests began with piano lessons in grammar school, and in junior high school drum lessons were added. His first public performance as a percussionist was marching with the Junior High School Band on Memorial Day playing the triangle.
He has performed with all types of groups, from jazz and rock combos to concert orchestras. Kevin is thrilled to be a member of DNR. "I would rather be with the members of this band, than with the finest people on earth".
Gnorm, lead guitar and voice. Gnorm is plug and play! He is a talented guitarist, vocalist, and pianist with over thirty years of performing and teaching experience. In addition to his role as musical director for DNR, he performs with many other popular local bands, including Outside Chance (FB - “Outside Chance CT") and The Federation (FB - “We are The Federation”).
His dedication to the success of DNR, along with Gnorm's "wit" make him a valuable piece of the DNR puzzle. But we're not saying we like his jokes though... Thankfully, he knows when to shut up and play his guitar...