Born from Hurricane Ida
As a young New Orleans jazz clarinetist, Nathan is passionate about the history of jazz, its birthplace, New Orleans, as well as its musicians and culture-bearers. The long COVID pandemic and multiple hurricanes have made 2021 an exceptionally difficult year for these people, many are not part of the American healthcare system. Nathan has determined to do his share to make the world a less painful place. "Nathan's Fearless Five" was created to raise funds for the New Orleans Musician's Clinic through a live, New Orleans-style jazz concert.
The experience of organizing two much-appreciated Zoom concerts for teachers in 8th grade during the pandemic, as well as being an apprentice clarinetist in the renowned Clint Baker's New Orleans Jazz Band, had given Nathan the confidence to start a youth band, "Nathan's Fearless Five" in September 2021, not long after he started high school at Carlmont. His jazz bandmates enthusiastically embraced the idea since they all share the same vision that health equity is a human right.
The live concert, "Jazz for Ida", was held in the Quad (courtyard) during lunchtime on October 8, 2021, at Carlmont High School. It was the very first student-led, live concert held in the school's courtyard. The concert was well-received by students and teachers, and the band's GoFundMe effort successfully raised over $1,800 for the New Orleans Musician's Clinic.