- Wynton Marsalis listening to the kids perform, encouraging them as they played, and then congratulating each of them individually.
- CHS Jazz trumpet student Jake Lee, during dinner, sitting between Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s tenor saxophonist Victor Goines and 7-time Grammy/4-time Emmy winner Bob Hurst, who is the bassist on Paul McCartney’s latest album and was an 8-year member of The Tonight Show Band with Leno.
- Terrence Vick and Tim Kohn sandwiched between Emmy-winning CBS reporter and show-host Carol Cain and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s alto saxophonist Ted Nash for dinner.
- The students getting to perform for (and hobnob with) folks like NFL Linebacker Dhani Jones (from the Giants, 49ers), executives such as Marianne Udow-Phillips, Peter Schweitzer, Mark Bernstein, Matthew VanBiesen, and UM Athletic Director Warde Manuel.
- Marsalis’s speech on how we are ripe for a revolution that is steeped in love, honest exchange of far-reaching support, and how the arts lead the way in these pursuits.
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