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Partners and Projects
in Haiti and New Orleans
Hungry for Music
Lekol Toupatou! /
Dr. Jean Montes is Director of Orchestral Studies at
Loyola University in New Orleans. Jean also directs the
Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra and the Youth
Orchestra of Port-au-Prince. Since 2010 he's brought
post-earthquake instruments to the Holy Trinity Music
School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, his alma mater. Jean
has performed as guest cellist or guest conductor with
more than ten Orchestras across North America. He's
partnered with Sticking Up For Children since 2014, when he and master drummer Fanfan Louis Damas led
a song within Haiti's exhibit at the Children's World's Fair in the New Orleans Children's Museum.
This April, SUFC passed along two trumpets and three violins to the Youth Orchestra that Dr. Jean Montes directs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Dr. Jean Montes and Maryse Philippe Déjean
Seven instruments donated to Sticking Up
For Children by Hungry for Music.
Musicians in the Youth Orchestras of New Orleans and Port-au-Prince, directed by Jean Montes, combining online to play "Guantanamaera" during the COVID Summer of 2020.
Click the collage above to HEAR and SEE the combined New Orleans and Port-au-Prince Youth Orchestra, June of 2020!
19--count 'em!--students and their instruments--one photo of many that are uplifting on the excellent Hungry for Music website.
Hungry for Music began with founders' dreams 27 years ago in Washington, DC. Since 1994 HFM has delivered more than 15,000 musical instruments to students in 49 States and 30 Nations. Director Jeff Campell, a native of
Shreveport, LA now living in the Shenadoah Valley, travels in person to drop off or pick up donations. He,
his staff and volunteers are admired models to us of SUFC. Click below to an 11-minute interview with Jeff about HFM's continuing its mission despite difficulties from COVID-19 in 2020-2021.
Students from the FEPE orphanage and
EFE school with instruments contributed
by Hungry for Music, February 2020.
Nashville. TN--Music for Life Alliance, Muriel
River City Drum Corps,
Albert H. Shumake IV.
Jeff. Video on the HFM website shows
how volunteer donors and collectors
Hungry for Music and Jeff Campbell began their 2021
tour of drop-offs and pick-ups of hundreds of instruments
in late March. The tour was like a Rock 'n' Roll song in terms of places met. Jeff and his van reached Nashville, Louisville, West Virginia, Nsew Orleans, Baton Rouge, Houston, San Antonio, Miami, ...
Check out Hungry For Music's Facebook dispatches.
Jeff stopped for an hour to talk with Maryse and me on
April 7. The 11 minutes below are some highlights from
a healing journey.
JEFF CAMPBELL INTERVIEW, April 2021 .mpArtist Name
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"Wow!" after "Wow!", Maryse and I exlclaim--
The lift music brings to Jeff, growing up, with the bounce of Brass--
From the 'Coalition Against Hunger' to 'Hungry For Music'--
Baseball-song compilation 'Diamond Cuts' with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen,
George Winston a big hit--
From an instrument a day to 1300, 1400 per year donated--
49 States and 30 Nations--"Wow!" "Wow!"
Violins to Mexico, a "large band" in Uganda, and students become teachers--
"I hope that I'll be led to help more kids ... That's always been our thing"--
60 Chapters of HFM in 60 Cities across the U.S. a prospect--
Special thanks to the D'Addario Foundation--
Thanks from Maryse "for all that you do!"
New Orleans--Roots of Muisic,
Suzanne Raether and Morgan
New Orleans--Passin' It On, Leslie Cooper.
Another sign of thanks.
School Everywhere! / Lekòl Toupatou! continues progress ...
despite many difficulties in Haiti.
The never-ending nobility of work. Above, multiple valedictorian Raphael Lijensky engineers for Madame Marie-Marthe Balin Franck Paul in fine-tuning Lessons and Modules from the 592 Hours of audio and video recorded for the project of bringing universal literacy to Haiti through the
243 pages of Madame Franck Paul's Mon Livre Unique textbook for first-year students in Haiti.
Hear Madame Paul's superbly sympathetic voice for teaching in Bandcamp excerpts HERE and HERE and HERE.
First she teaches the imaginary student "Simone" in the
languages of French, Haitian Kréyol, English and Spanish.
Then she teaches Hygiene. Then--of course for Haiti--she
Also on this Bandcamp album are Maryse Philippe Déjean
reading her aunts stirring 'Greetings' to students and parents
for 2021 and David Amram remembering Jack Kerouac.
Hear the whole of sample Lessons from Madame Franck Paul
on our March 2021 Update.
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