I am the luckiest man in the world. Music has always been there to take care of me in my darkest hours, it has never failed me. As a youngster, I was pretty wild, out on the street looking for trouble and finding it. Lucky for me, at the L.A. county public schools I attended, there was music! There was band, orchestra, marching band, jazz band, choir, you name it, I was there. It kept me solid, kept me sane, gave me faith in humanity and something to strive for.
Music gave me healthy relationships and a sense of community. Taking music away from me, would be like cutting the cord that tethers the astronaut to his spacecraft, tragic and mortal but it gave me life. Music education saved me, it is a savior for many kids. Music led me on a path of discipline and good hard work and plentiful rewards, for that I am so grateful! I will always do my best to give that gift back and I will ask anyone who reads this to give all you can to support music. Save a kids’ life, be love, put music back in the schools!!!!!