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12B Wednesday, Aug, 29, 2001 Bulletin, ProgJ ,s&E m as By Victoria Metcalf Staff Writer Names of musicians and styles of music slide off Dr. Mark Satterfield's tongue as smoothly as the names of medicines and diagnoses. ' While both worlds are sep- arate, they're also inter- twined for the Quincy physi- cian and musician. Music was his first love, medicine a part of helping others. Yet for the emergency room-based physician, music is where he turns to heal himself, to gain strength so Parker, John Coltrane and David Sanborn became major influences on my playing," he said. Reflecting on his early years, he said, "I just took to it as a fish to water. Immedi- ately. It was something I en- joyed out of proportion to other things." Satterfield said that he wasn't particularly interest- ed in athletics as a kid. He classified himself among the "couch potato" types, except when it came to his music. he can continue on. Education Music is also a way to help From high school, Satter- others as he turns his talent field studied music at the toward assisting the Quincy Berklee College of Music in Hospice program in raising Boston. From there, he chose money, in a Sept. 16 concert, to continue his studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Background He was considering a ma- "I had always wanted to jot in psychology--although play the saxophone," Satter- he really didn't know what field said about an ambition he would do with it. He didn't that began when he was just want to be a therapist or any a kid. of the other traditional roles While many were thinking that present themselves with about the piano or the guitar, that kind of an education, so it was the sound of the sax he continued with his music. that captured and held Sat- At 17, he also became a pro- terfield's interest, but it was fessionalmusician. not where he began. In the 1970s, Reno was of- "As an 8-year-old I was re- fering a lot of top names in quired to start with the clar- the music business And each inet for a few years." Despite major casino had its own that, he threw himself into band. his music. "They were always looking "I worked hard as a youngfor musicians to fill holes," clarinetist and along the way Satterfield said. Accepted in- I learned some of the Artie to the fold, he was making Shaw music my father so ad- union wages for a musician-- mired." good money for a kid--and It wasn't until the eighth attending college. ~rade that Satterfleld got his "For several years in Reno, hands on his firsl saxophone; ..... Lake Tahoe and Los Angeles, but his dedication to music, I had the honor of working his passion and willingness with artists such as Frank to put in the long hours it Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., took to become good, were al- Elvis Presley, Burt ready fully ingrained. Bacharach, Dionne War- And the long wait wasn't wicke, Diana Ross, Tony Ben- for nothing. As soon as Sat- nett and members of the for- terfield started to play, he met Duke Ellington Orches- knew it was the instrumenttra." for him. But while Satterfield was "Soon I was listening to hooked on music, he began to Paul Desmond and John realize it wasn't the profes- Handy. Later on Charlie sion he wanted to follow. It Dr. Mark Satterfield finds relaxation in his gency room at Plumas District Hospital, he bands he enjoys performing with. was a risky business, Most musicians didn't make it big. Considering it seriously and looking at the men who were still playing in bands in their 50s, Satterfield said he realized that wasn't where he wanted to end up. Studying those people, he said that many of them drank far too much and their lives were in shambles. He also said, "'I realized l wasn't going to make a huge mark on the world as the next Aaron Copeland." As Satterfield decided what to do with his life, career wise, several events hap- pened that led him to choose the field of medicine. Two of those events in- volved people he knew who were seriously ill. Photo by Victoria Metcatf music. When not involved in the emor- frequently joins one of the many local "'Having a close fl'iend who humans. was diabetic, and working for When his wife's brother-in- a man with bad heart disease, law started dental school, heiped spark my interest," he Satterfield began to realize said. that the medical field really I IIII aven . It's easy to spot our customers, they are the ones smiling behind the wheel. At Murray & Edwards Insurance Agency our automobile insurance rates are very, very low. Over 300,000 people in California switched their insurance to Mercury Insurance last year. admired the saw around the room. In fact, it titudes, that they than everyone else wouldn't listen to ions, that convinC there could be approaching his Attending U.C.- terfield received lor's in biological 1982, and then University of Francisco, where he I ed in 1986. While making through college, young family to terfield said that sician once port them. "I paid part {hrough medical ing professionally Sacramento Music (mostly musicals) Concord Pavilion Chronicle I realized I wasn't going to make a huge mark on thee .... world as the next Aaron Dr, Mark Satterfield His friend with diabetes was open to anyone who was had all sorts of complications dedicated enough to stick it Satterfield became familiar out. with. And the man he worked "The sciences come easy for had already suffered for me," Satterfield said. three serious heart attacks He also knew he had been and was tense enough to have willing to dedicate a lot of another at any time, he said. time to his music, so he knew Another event that seemed he had to be willing "to work to open up possibilities was your tail off put your nose Satterfield's discovery that to the grindstone," to make it doctors are mere mortals, into his new career. Satterfield said that no one The final thing that hap- in his family was involved in pened to encourage Satter- medicine, and he had always field to pursue medicine was put physicians up on some that his first child was born pedestal that meant they "and that's what sealed it." were so much above other It wasn't that Satterfield Moving on "I knew I work in a rural where doctors were supply and I could family in a small ting," Satterfield Finding his way Satterfield openeC family practice, erated for six years. "In 1996 I time emergency and medical PDH (Plumas tal) emergency Satterfield said. (his Sharla, children) very fortunate to live Quincy." As Satterfield has t firm part of the he said, "I really work in the partment of PDH. amazingly paramedics technicians, apists and clans who provide ing care to our .mlal e my time sure indeed." Putting in a the ER is part for Satterfield. time, he does get when there aren't patients to attend shift can To unwind, he " music when he goes "It's a release ors of the science cine," he ex "have to work so medicine not to takes. In music almost a good thing. Especially mistake can thing much better was originally terfleld explained. "They (the two plement each Ask Not What Your Community Can For You... But What You Can Do For Your Community! Every dollar that you spend at home turns over 7 times. money helps your community grow by paying taxes that fix the improve the schools, make your town more attractive to list goes on! When you spend same dollar in the city, you help and prosper- get none of the Don't wait for community have the "Rock Prices Sale" before even step foot kn stores. Help your businesses and yot economy. Shop At