"It is impossible to write the history of the Hippocratic Oath Big Band without recognizing the existence of the Musical Medics Doctors Big Band which was founded in 1953 by Dr. Noel Smith, and nurtured by him, until his intimely passing in 1964. Without his leadership the Musical Medics slipped into oblivion. Six years later (1970) I, having enjoyed a great rewarding personal experience with the Musical Medics, decided it was time to establish another band. The following "history", hopefully, will allow the reader to understand and appreciate the challenges, frustrations, excitement and great fun of developing a very professional big band during its formative years, The Hippocratic Oath, now well known in the community as "The Oath".
History of the Musical Medics Doctors Big Band, by John D. Birrell, M.D.
The History of the Oath Big Band to 1978, by John D. Birrell, M.D.
The band's logo shows the medicinal worm (snake) entwined around a note, reflecting the origin of the group.