Dominican Republic

"This trip was very unique and powerful. We started off the day by heading to Hogar Immanuel in Cangrejo, Puerto Plata, a center for disadvantaged kids with severe disabilities. This was a moment that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life. It wasn’t until Jorge began engaging the kids with music and rhythms that there was a huge and noticeable difference in their faces. Throughout playing, some were dancing, and others smiling and moving to the music. Music is such a universal language that can reach anyone, despite physical and mental disabilities. I will take it with me forever."

— Paul Melhus, saxophone, United States

Watch a video of a BGJI performance in the Dominican Republic.