Donna, at an uncertain time in Jake's life, moving to a new home and school, he met you his first music teacher. You provided him with many tools but mostly you became a mentor and friend. You believed in him but more importantly he began to believe in himself. With your guidance he began to flourish. As you know his most recent accomplishment was number one trumpet player at All State. He has received many accolades through the years and of course a lot of it was hard work and determination but it was you who helped him begin his musical journey. All State, All County, Nassau Suffolk, Honor Band at Hofstra, Pit Orchestra, Marching Band, Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Jazz, Usdan Senior Jazz Ensemble, playing with Sugartone Brass ensemble, and most recently playing with select students for the Maestro of the Met. He is sixteen and hopefully will have many more years of enjoying and playing music. You will always hold a special place in my heart. You expected much but gave more. Thank you is not enough. Your friend, Robin
Musician, educator, speaker and Everything Saxophone Podcast host, Donna Schwartz, has helped thousands of people of all ages, all over the world, boost their music performance and improvisation skills through private and small group coaching, and online courses for over 30 years.
She has created dozens of online courses, including Boost Your Blues Improvisation, Jazz Improvisation Explained, Supercharge Your Jazz Improvisation, Get a Killer Saxophone Tone and many others.
Donna has performed in the NY and Los Angeles metro areas with finalists from the NBC show, The Voice, members from Billy Joel, Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult, Barbara Morrison and many other artists.
Her tracks have been featured on a number of indie artists’ CD’s, and in Criss Angel’s Believe show at The Luxor in Las Vegas. Read More…