Orlando Philharmonic participates in “Arnie’s March” for young cancer patients at Orlando Health

Music Director finalist Leslie B. Dunner, Board Vice President RK Kelley, Executive Director David Schillhammer and Principal Timpanist Carl Rendek.

On Tuesday, March 17, the Orlando Philharmonic was honored to participate in Orlando Health’s annual Arnie’s March Fun Run. In only 2 years, Arnie’s March has raised more than $200,000 for children battling cancer.

Many of the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children patients participated in the Arnie’s March at the Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge. The Philharmonic was on-site at the hospital for those children unable to attend due to illness.  Philharmonic musicians provided pre-show entertainment and led several attendees on a march through the hospital.  Everyone participating became part of the music, using music therapy instruments to accompany Principal Timpanist Carl Rendek, Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, and Principal Trombonist Jeff Thomas.  Visiting Music Director Finalist Leslie B Dunner also took part, helping to lead the march through the patient corridors.

This event is one of many visits Orlando Philharmonic musicians make each year to the Arnold Palmer Hospital as part of the orchestra’s “Notes in Your Neighborhood: Hospital Edition” partnership.  Orlando Health was first of several Orlando Philharmonic health partnerships in Central Florida.