Through a series of coincidences and good fortune, I spent the Summer of 2012 volunteering at a music school in Jacmel, Haiti. The experience was life changing to say the least. I don’t speak creole (the language of Haiti), nor did most of my students speak english. As cliched as it sounds, we were able to communicate through music and I truly believe I learned more from the students than I had to offer. I took away from the experience, but most of all I learned the value of community in music. I believe my time in Haiti had a direct impact on the mission for Eastside Music School. I hope to one day return to Jacmel, but for now I’m thankful to have this record.