My favorite instrument has always been the saxophone but I love almost all music. As a teenager, I confess my little white lie was to say I played saxophone, but I never had the opportunity. Thank goodness I was never challenged. Growing up on Montreal, Canada, there was a fantastic jazz club, The Rising Sun. Amongst many greats, I heard the likes of Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Fast forward – many years later I finally took a beginner’s sax course at CCAE in 2012 to realize my dream of learning to play sax. I loved it but alas, after 2 short semesters, the class was cut. Lo and behold, 2 years ago I saw School of HONK parading, and Kevin encouraging the crowd – “Anyone can join, anyone can play! No such thing as a wrong note!” That was my calling, I took a huge breath, and finally, I had an opportunity to continue to play in a fun, noncompetitive environment where, if I was off (and I usually am), it was OK. That’s what I love about School of HONK, as well as the great bunch of folks who turn up every Sunday afternoon with such enthusiasm. I really do think my favorite moment of the week is that very first song at 3 pm sharp where people from all over the area, with different skill sets, different backgrounds, and different ages just gather to make and share some joyful, happy music!