Author Archives: Seth Truby

Student Profile: Ta’Raey

Ta’ Raey is a 9 year-old 4th grader in his first year playing trumpet at BRAVO.  He sat comfortably in the Cesar Chavez BRAVO office and greeted me with “ We both have afros.”  I am used to putting others at ease, and this comment about us having something in common was unexpected and a lovely way to start the conversation. While we spoke, Ta’Raey, who says he is a musician, a gamer and an artist, drew a self-portrait for me.


Ta’Raey loves rap music and singing; he feels he is good at sounding like other singers. He likes his trumpet but also wants to learn percussion.   His cousin, who played trombone, switched to percussion.

He wants to be a You -tuber when he grows up, to make videos. “I already have plans” he told me.

“When I get home from school it’s fun because I get to play with my little brother Darnell.  We play Xbox and I play board games with my family. I live with my mom and my brother. Obviously I admire my parents, Chris Brown, and Ayo and Teo.”


He is proud of playing an instrument. It was his idea to join BRAVO. He was unsure if he could learn an instrument but feels comfortable now.  BRAVO has helped him focus.  “I haven’t played a concert yet but I’m ready.”


When asked about how being in BRAVO makes him feel, he didn’t hesitate:

“I get to play the instrument and be with my friends and make new friends. I have lots of new friends. I find a feeling of energy.  BRAVO makes me happy.”


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Student Profile: Eric

  Eric is an 8th grade trombonist at Cesar Chavez, finishing his fourth year in the D’Rivera Wind Ensemble. “At first BRAVO was just something to keep busy, to do something. Now it’s a passion.” Eric loves all kinds of music and is glad that his BRAVO teachers introduce him to such a wide range… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Camelliah

  Camelliah is a 7th grade cellist at George Middle School, now in her 6th year at BRAVO. Cami is one of the original students in our first string orchestra at Rosa Parks School.  She started  BRAVO as a 2nd grader in the fall of 2013.  She was very shy at first, and now, after… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Amirah

Amirah is an 8th grader at George Middle School finishing her 5th year in BRAVO. She plays viola in the Esperanza Spalding Strings and in the BRAVO Community Orchestra. One of Amirah’s highlights this year was auditioning for and making the wait list for the YOLA National youth orchestra. “What I like best about being… Continue Reading

Student profile: Aisea

  An 8th grader at Cesar Chavez School, Aisea is finishing his third year as a trumpeter in the D’Rivera Wind Ensemble, and he’s had quite a year. He was wait listed for YOLA National (national youth orchestra for students in El Sistema-inspired programs), he took second place in shot put at the Meet of… Continue Reading

May 24, 7pm: BRAVO Community Orchestra spring concert at U of P

Join us when our intergenerational Community Orchestra presents a wide-ranging program: Rossini’s overture to The Barber of Seville (made famous by Bugs Bunny); Symphony #1 by Joseph Bologne, also known as the Chevalier de Saint-Georges; Danny Elfman’s soundtrack to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; and the beloved Ashokan Farewell, the theme to Ken Burns’ documentary… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Emory

  Emory is a 5th grader at Cesar Chavez School, now finishing her third year in BRAVO. She always wanted to play an instrument, especially the flute, which her aunt played. She wants to have music in her life, as she grew up with it in her home. Her favorite music is Chopin, Queen and… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Alessandro

Alessandro is a 5th grader at Sitton Elementary in his first year at BRAVO’s newest after-school program.  “I like being in BRAVO.  Both my mom and I are excited about it. I am not interested in playing sports. I tried violin, and I liked it but chose cello to try something different. I am also… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Lauren

Lauren is a 5th grader at Rosa Parks School, now in her fourth year as a BRAVO violinist.  She is from a very musical family and finds that her involvement with BRAVO has made her appreciate it much more. She has learned a a lot about different kinds of music, especially likes jazz and also… Continue Reading

Mar 15, 7pm: BRAVO Community Orchestra at U of P

Join us when our intergenerational Community Orchestra presents a program that spans centuries, featuring music by Bach, Elmer Bernstein, and the Chevalier de Saint-Georges. This is the BCO’s second concert under the leadership of our new conductor, Maestro Giancarlo Castro D’Addona and our new BCO manager, Marian Gutierrez.  They are BRAVO’s first Teaching Artists from… Continue Reading