Today’s honoree is one I’ve pulled from the blog archives. Why? Because I love the story and the work Eddie Tuduri, founder of the Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP), has done and continues to do to support those with special needs worldwide. The former rocker could easily have gone in another direction after a tough, life-changing accident. Lucky for us, he didn’t.

Eddie Tuduri understands better than most the power of music to heal.



While speaking in Santa Barbara last November, I was fortunate to meet musician Eddie Tuduri, who took time from his busy schedule to come hear what I had to say about kids with special needs and focusing on ability.

Eddie is the founder of The Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP), an educational and rehabilitation non profit that helps children and adults with disabilities learn and enhance life skills through drumming.

It’s an instrument he knows well.

Eddie is a professional musician who has performed with many of the world’s most famous artists, including The Beach Boys and Ricky Nelson. Among his many accomplishments, the talented drummer is the founder of Musicians for UNICEF.

In 1997, his world changed forever when a body surfing accident in left him paralyzed and unsure he’d ever play music again. Determined to do what he could to heal, Eddie started using a simple drumstick to produce sound against the side of his bed while in rehab. It was the beginning of regaining use of his injured body, a reality that dramatically changed the course of his life.

Today, Eddie travels the world to bring music through drumming and other percussion instruments to individuals with disabilities, helping them lead fuller lives. He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I’m thrilled that we had the chance to talk about our mutual commitment to doing work that helps improve the lives of those with special needs, including through music.

Eddie’s remarkable story is another example of the power of music to heal.

Find out more about The Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP) here.

Photo of me with Eddie Tuduri in Santa Barbara, Nov. 09.

Judy Winter