More About VAMS


Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS) was co-founded in 1988 by two Vancouver musicians, Sam Sullivan and Dave Symington, both tetraplegic.

Sam, who played keyboards, and Dave, a drummer, formed the society to tackle the barriers faced by musicians such as themselves – issues they had not come across before they became disabled as a result of sports injuries.

“We’d both played in bands previously,” explained Dave, “and were both trying to find a way back into music.

“At that time, technologies were just emerging that were creating possibilities for accessing instruments. There was a fair cost, and neither of us had money. . . there was perhaps some self-interest involved in forming VAMS, but we also knew there were other people out there in the same situation, too.”  CONT. >

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