For several years, I have attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert, held to benefit the Friends Shelter. As much as I have enjoyed helping the Shelter by listening to spectacular music performed by both the Meetinghouse Jazz Orchestra and my peers, I was excited to finally be able to play in this year’s concert. On January 22, I and the Jazz Ensemble had the opportunity to play alongside professional musicians for the wonderful cause of the Friends Shelter.
While I was slightly disappointed with how the actual performance went, I couldn’t be happier that I had the chance to help the less fortunate through playing music. I believe both the shelter and the concert to be institutions uniquely tied to Friends Seminary, and I’m happy that I had the chance to entertain my community at the same time as improving it for those who rely on it for shelter.