Once upon a time, there was a little boy from West Virginia who loved free jazz. Every day, his classmates bullied him for caring about music and art. One day, he escaped his small town to search out where he belonged. Because of that, he played with many band and ensembles and traveled across America and Europe playing music, searching. Because of that, he got worn out, as successful band after successful band collapsed under the weight of emotional/business unsustainability (and NYC rent). Until finally, he found new inspiration and his purpose in teaching at Youthere, a company he co-founded to develop practices that mix the best, most connection-forming, insights from music, theater, and bodywork.