1. The process of giving or receiving systematic instruction

2. an enlightening experience

To give, and pass on the arts to young people is a moral obligation for the 21st-century artist. We know, through study after study that kids excel in social surroundings, math, reading and in all aspects in life when they are not only exposed to the arts and music, but are inspired to learn an instrument as well.  Todays demanding, test-centric, highly distracting world, calls for the arts and culture to inspire youth more than ever. 

The arts expand a students understanding of what civilization can be. The need to stir the soul, at all ages, has never been more essential. For kids not to know classical music is to be cut off from one of the greatest sources of human expression ever created. Life can sometimes be on the surface today. Digging deep into history, into culture, into the past are no longer always exemplified as traits to cultivate.  Love, tragedy, ecstacy, and the overall human condition are experienced through music in ways children can grasp, understand and feel deep in their souls, even when they cant articulate these emotions. Sometimes music and art become the only means by which they can fully express themselves. This is why it is not only a mission, but one of my greatest joys and rewards in my life to have the opportunity to give back what I not only cherish love, but know can and will change a young persons future. 

I once was a member of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and now I have opportunity to go back to them now and give them instruction, inspiration and attention; with hopes I may return what was once given to me. Likewise, as Music Director of the Amarillo Symphony I work with and conduct in concert the young musicians of the Amarillo Youth Orchestras every time i visit my beloved orchestra. There is no greater work to be done then to pass back down the passion and nurturing that was given to me so early on in my development.  

How can we Help?

When I was in the 6th grade, my first year playing the Tuba as a middle schooler, I had an enthusiastic young teacher who nurtured my early promise and joy I had for playing in band. Since I happened to be the only tuba player in school, she put me in the beginner band, as well as the senior band, the pep-bad, and jazz band. I was in music several hours a day, everyday, and I could not of enjoyed it more! One day, she brought me to see the famous Canadian Brass in concert, knowing full well it would fan the flame of my passion and love for music. After that concert, and at the age of 12, my life was forever changed. I remember getting home and telling my mom that I was going to be a professional musician, and she quickly took me to the music shop where I bought all the recordings of the Canadian Brass and Boston Pops we could find in stock. I knew, through that one experience, that without a doubt, I had to live a life in music. The nurturing attention, as well as  the giving back and passing down of tradition by a passionate and enthusiastic educator in Homestead was all that was needed to kick start a love that has grown everyday since.  

Music is an art form handed down from generation to generation, and passing our knowledge, talents and gifts down to young people is a civic duty. I have traveled around the world giving education and outreach concerts, and with both Nu Deco Ensemble's Imagine Series and Amarillo's Symphony Kids and Class Act, we have the opportunity, duty and and great joy to give back to others. 

To be of service to the future well being of not only my home town of Homestead Florida, as well as Texas Panhandle, is truly to be of service to human condition overall. WE simple will never know what the seeds of our efforts can produce and how many generations of people we can effect trough just one concert we do. If there is one child at every convert that is transformed, has had their life touched, and has a passion ignited, then our potential as artists are becoming realized one person at a time. There is no greater reward for us as artists and this what it means to make a difference in the 21st century.