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Mike Brignola in Serious Condition After Car Crash

After miraculously surviving a car accident in Washington state on Nov. 24, baritone saxophonist Mike Brignola remains in serious condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.

Brignola was driving to the airport the morning after a musician’s clinic held at Eastern Washington University when another car collided into his. The damage was great enough that emergency workers had to cut an opening in the car in order to remove Brignola.

This comes as sad news to all, but most especially to the members and fans of the Woody Herman Orchestra, the band that Brignola, 45, has played with for 20 years. Just before Herman died in 1987, Brignola promised the legendary clarinetist that he’d keep the music alive and the band playing. Keeping his promise, Brignola has seen that many songs in the Herman catalog have been archived and he also serves as the Herman band’s road manager.

Sadly, Brignola’s accident has affected every bodily aspect he needs to play the saxophone. His injuries include broken ribs, a punctured lung, a broken scapula and a fractured pelvis. He was taken off a respirator Tuesday.

Brignola can receive cards at this address: Sacred Heart Medical Center, P.O. Box 2555, Spokane, WA 99220.

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