• The Spirit of Goodwill Band lets differently-abled musicians shine.

    The Spirit of Goodwill Band lets differently-abled musicians shine.

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  • Bandleader Javier Pena coaches trombone player Jary through a rough patch in practice.

    Bandleader Javier Pena coaches trombone player Jary through a rough patch in practice.

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  • Percussionist Melissa's mother has no regrets about how she raised her daughter.

    Percussionist Melissa's mother has no regrets about how she raised her daughter.

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  • Despite a difficult childhood, soprano Nancy enjoys her work and life today.

    Despite a difficult childhood, soprano Nancy enjoys her work and life today.

    http://cdn.itvs.org/for_once_in_my_life-clip3.jpgmp4:for_once_in_my_life-clip3-1024.mov
  • What's happened to the Spirit of Goodwill band musicians since their big performance?

    What's happened to the Spirit of Goodwill band musicians since their big performance?

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  • The fourth standing ovation and final encore at the concert for the US Mayors convention

    The fourth standing ovation and final encore at the concert for the US Mayors convention

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  • Terry Wigfall, lead vocalist and sax player, singing at concert for the US Mayors Convention 2009

    Terry Wigfall, lead vocalist and sax player, singing at concert for the US Mayors Convention 2009

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  • Christian Acosta at keyboard

    Christian Acosta at keyboard

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  • Emilio Estefan, music producer, jamming with the band at a rehearsal

    Emilio Estefan, music producer, jamming with the band at a rehearsal

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  • Javier gives rehearses at the keyboards with Godwin Lee.

    Javier gives rehearses at the keyboards with Godwin Lee.

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  • Mayor Manny Diaz and Emilio Estefan jam with the band during a rehearsal scene in the film.

    Mayor Manny Diaz and Emilio Estefan jam with the band during a rehearsal scene in the film.

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  • Javier Pena, music director, gives direction to the brass section as the choir sings in the background.

    Javier Pena, music director, gives direction to the brass section as the choir sings in the background.

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  • Terry Wigfall at the microphone

    Terry Wigfall at the microphone

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The Film

For Once in My Life is the story of a unique band of singers and musicians, and their journey to show the world the greatness – and killer soundtrack – within each of them. The 28 band members have a wide range of mental and physical disabilities, as well as musical abilities that extend into ranges of pure genius. In a cinema vérite style, the film explores the struggles and triumphs, and the healing power of music, as the band members' unique talents are nurtured to challenge the world's perceptions.

The Filmmakers

  1. Jim BighamProducer/Director
  2. Mark MoormannDirector