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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