As much as I love to listen to music, I have no real training or knowledge. Fortunately, for kids attending the public schools in Metuchen, they begin studying music in 4th grade and they have a lot of opportunities to participate in a very strong music program throughout their years in the district. The Metuchen Arts Council has been bringing well-known bands to perform here for years and they had a great idea-- why not connect with the Metuchen High School music program? Anyone with kids in high school knows how busy they are. So arranging this night was no small thing. I am thrilled that the high school band director, John Messenger, figured out how to make this work-- many of the kids are marching in a parade in Wildwood (2 hours away!)-- but will march and then get right back on the bus to come back for this performance. It's a lot of tricky logistics but they are so lucky to be able to have musicians of this caliber performing on their high school stage. And we are all really lucky-- the performance is free and open to the public. Check out the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra here and come see them Saturday night at Metuchen High!