In his freshman year of high school, my son, Alex, participated in the Jazz Improvisation program at Middlesex County's Arts High School. Learning to improvise music, a very different skill than what is usually taught in high school, was really challenging. He learned to appreciate music in a new way and, though he didn't participate in the program in the following years, he continues to play in his high school's ensemble, jazz and marching bands. Music is one of his loves and he decided to focus his Eagle Scout project on helping other kids experience the joy that music has brought to his life. From his band director, he learned about Memorial High School in West New York (NJ) which is in need of instruments for kids in their music program. In our town, it's fairly common for parents to buy their child an instrument to play in 4th grade, only to shove it in the back of a closet when priorities change and they stop playing. Alex decided to ask for people to donate these unused instruments and any others that he will gather and bring to Memorial High School. He is holding a music festival on June 17 at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse where his Jazz Improv teacher, Radam Schwartz, will be one of the musicians playing in celebration of this project. If you have an instrument that you are willing to donate, please like Alex's Facebook page for this event, and stay tuned for drop off locations or come to the music festival and celebrate the love of music with us!