February 5, 2008

When the Wind Ensemble returned to Matapalo this past January, we were greeted by students and community members waving and carrying banners welcoming us back to their community. The music teacher, Tomas, and his students insisted on giving us a tour of their ‘escuela’—a tiny, one-room concrete structure. As we walked around the room, and saw all of the donated instruments neatly organized on modest shelving, and pictures of our visit in 2006, we were most proud and gratified. Many of the students who we had met two years before were still studying music and performing on the instruments that we donated. The reunion was both tender and joyful.