“How can you know where you are going if you don’t know where you’ve been?” This was said to me many years ago from one of my mentors, idols and dear friends – the great Louie Bellson. I knew from that moment on if I was ever to be great at anything I needed to learn about & respect those that came before me. We often walk down roads that others paved for us but how many times do we stop & think about who built those roads? What pain did they suffer? What challenges did they have to overcome? Did they build for the moment or build to last? When you build anything that is designed for others to travel on you must not only be concerned with building it properly for the moment but also building something that could last long into the future without harming others. That’s what all the great musicians did long before me. They learned how to master their tools, how to apply those tools and most of all they built an industry that others like me were able to discover a deep love for and make a living out of. This dream is becoming extinct as we speak and we need to work together to help build the next generation music industry so we can assure our art form stays alive for generations to travel on in the future.