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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Highs and lows

Today was definitely a day of high and low emotions. We started the day with a tour of the Lower Ninth Ward, the spot of New Orleans that was impacted most from Hurricane Katrina. I was shocked at how much empty land there was and how many houses were yet to be restored or built in place of demolished ones. However I was inspired and uplifted by the work being done by Brad Pitt's "Make it RIght" foundation.
I was most disturbed by the levee. Where the original levee breached in 2005, causing the most damage to New Orleans, another was built in its place identical to the one that failed.... Um..? I think this picture  really illustrates just how small the concrete is. image
We continued our day at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA). We were greeted by the principal who fed us jambalaya he made himself! Then we split by divisions and all of the musicians gathered and gave an informal master class. The students were SO talented and excited about music. It was very refreshing to work with them and to remember that yes, I am a musician, and I do know something about music. We ended our time with a jam session involving everyone.
We also taught at the Y where we worked on our stomp routine with our kids which we will perform for the other classes tomorrow!

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