By Monica Bates. As sit on this incredibly long flight back to Buffalo, I can’t stop myself from thinking back to when we played with the Buskaid Soweto String group. The group of kids, all ages alike were nothing short of exceptional.  As soon as we entered their school, they were so welcoming.  Their faces, as well as ours were illuminated with smiles and bright eyes.  
Although I thoroughly enjoyed every part of that day, my favorite was their reactions when we played their Anthem.  They immediately knew what it was and stood up while singing pridefully for their country.  It was an incredible sight to see.  I have the image of the kids faces engraved into the backs of my eyes.  
Another huge deal about the Buskaid group to me was how many cellists there were.  Being the only cellist in the Advanced Ensemble, it’s not often that I get the opportunity to play with other cellists around my level.  They we so amazing and quickly welcomed me with open arms!
It was a once in a lifetime experience and one that I’ll never for=get.  THe images of those kids and teens will forever be in my mind.

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