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The Band's goal is to inspire and touch the hearts of others through our spirit and music. We strive to challenge our own lives, support one another through our daily struggles, and study the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism. All musical levels are welcome!!! Contact Jeremy Joffee

Finding a Common Musical Voice
By Erica Lee/ Sunday, May 21st, 2006 / New York Culture Center

At the third rehearsal at the New York Culture Center for the July 16th Festival, I found myself in an alternate universe - the front Gohonzon room on the second floor. I was delighted since was a hot Sunday afternoon and this alternate universe was air conditioned.

However, it was a place I never thought I would enter for I am seriously musically impaired. I sat down and victor Haynes, a member of the group, briefly but very effectively initiated me into the world of the Youth Band. The woodwinds and brass band were on the left, strings on the right, percussion and the rhythm section in the center. But of course it wasn't that simple. The Youth Band is an extremely diverse group of about 47 musicians all toiling away at the craft. Leader Jeremy Joffee enthusiastically conducted the afternoon away. When asked about the band's progress, Jeremy reported tremendous improvement. "Things are looking up!" he said. he and his co-leader Zen are hoping to perform on July 16th with a band of 80 or more musicians. Their goals are to complete a very challenging music piece and to inspire everyone in Lincoln Center.

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