ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – On Sunday night, many Albuquerque Public Schools band students got a special lesson from Grammy award winning musician Wynton Marsalis.
He’s won nine Grammy’s and a Pulitzer prize, but aside from his accomplishments teaching youngsters is what he loves the most.
“What could be more important than what adds values to our kids, and there is no better ways than music, especially orchestra music,” said Marsalis.
Marsalis grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana where he was taught to play instruments by his father. He says those lessons are his inspiration for teaching.
“I’ve had students now that are grown, so it’s not just a satisfaction in front of me. It’s the satisfaction of continuing what my father did, and many of the teachers that I had,” said Marsalis.
Not only did Marsalis show off his music skills, he gave the kids career advice and spoke about his upbringing.
“I learned a lot about how much these people have over come, and I heard about them on TV, and they’re really
funny, and they’re really nice and good musicians too,” said Daniel Cavelman, Senior at La Cueva High School.
Marsalis’ experiences were very eye opening to some.
“My main thing was to stick with music and always be willing to make myself better,” said Adam Sallinger-Mullen, Junior at La Cueva High School.
All of these youngsters won’t become professional musicians. Marsalis just wants them to be successful.
“I want them to strive for a higher level because all of this is about excellence and trying to become better,” said Marsalis.