Great Day in Haiti

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 4:50 PM
Thankfully, I had two more very successful days on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday, I put something together that everyone has been waiting for since I started; I put the orchestra together and they played a simple song. Before that, I taught master lessons to those who I thought were the best students for about 20 minutes each. It was wonderful. On Monday, we went to go pick up our group at the airport. After that, we got the students together for one last time. We played the beginning of Beethoven’s 5th, allegreto, and a Haitian folk song! Really great!

3 thoughts on “Great Day in Haiti

  1. Doug Edwards

    What cool stuff and a great experience Zach! Love the sunrise and the peacock. Peacocks can be quite protective. They are prolific in Florida near Bamma, as some peacock ranch went out of business years ago and just let all of them out and they have thrived there. One of my early employees in Austin had peacocks and often they would get out and harass the neighbors, one time stopping anyone at a gas station from filling up their cars!! They can be very aggressive at times.

    Love, Grandad


  2. Debbie Riley

    Zach–reading your words and looking at these pictures is truly inspiring! You are one incredible guy! The sunrise picture was beautiful, and the peacock was so cool! (I love your Grandad’s comments–how interesting!) And you are doing amazing work with the orchestra. They are so lucky to have you, and you are blessed to be having this extraordinary experience! All the Rileys love you and are so proud of you 🙂


  3. It was an amazing and inspiring trip. I am so proud of my son, and was moved to tears, literally, in seeing those musicians arranged as a full orchestra for the first time.


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