I’ve been playing the trombone since a moment of epiphany at my Grandfather’s funeral led me to the instrument in spring 2013, after a spotty musical past. I’m famous for practicing wherever I can, such as at dozens of interminable Boston-area youth baseball and hockey events (where my kids were participating; you may have seen me; I now use a mute). I’ve always preferred to play with others, however, and had organized a few bands or concerts in different settings until I stumbled onto School of Honk. School of Honk for me is a complete godsend–a chance to play invigorating music in a friendly, supportive community, and to parade, which really is remarkably fun. I enjoy the camaraderie of the group, and like helping make the trombone and music accessible to others who are just beginning (as I am myself). I am particularly interested in the inter-generational promise of School of Honk (you can learn together with your kids!) and so I’ve also volunteered in the Honk! Amigos afterschool program and the Camp Honk summer program. My children Leah (drums) and Isaac (trombone, baritone horn), both grade 5, are now frequent SoH contributors.