“At three years of age, you just started playing...”

In 2001, Daniel Hodd was 17 and had a promising career as a concert pianist. But he also wanted to join the Marine Corps.

At StoryCorps, he sat down with his mother, Evelyn, to talk about that difficult choice.

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Staff Sergeant Daniel Hodd deployed to Iraq twice, first in 2003 and then again in 2008.

The music at the end of his story is a 2001 recording of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, performed live by the Sound Symphony Orchestra with Daniel as solo pianist.

Recorded in New York City, New York
Music Info: George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" performed live by the Sound Symphony Orchestra
Produced by Yasmina Guerda
Facilitated by Luis Gallo
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