In Christmas of 2008, Chip gave away one million CDs to U.S. troops, their families, military hospitals and other support groups. He received the Award for Exceptional Public Service from the Department of Defense — becoming one of only a small group of recipients in the United States.
Chip has developed a patent-pending music therapy system. Ambient Therapy combines music with natural sounds and is being used by Mayo Clinic, National Intrepid Center for Wounded Warriors, Walter Reed and other medical facilities.
NASA has approved the review of Ambient Therapy for use by the astronauts in long-range space travels.
Mannheim Steamroller provided the on-site technology to capture and record the launch and landing of Space Shuttles Discovery and Atlantis — characterized by NASA as the most accurate audio recording of a shuttle launch and landing ever made.
Mannheim Steamroller is the only group to ever perform more than once at the annual Lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony. The group has played under three different White House Administrations.