Troy Andrews’ (Trombone Shorty) replacement of the horn that was stolen from a teenager while under gunfire is not just a good gesture. This dramatically presents two paths for our future generation. One is that you can follow your dream, work with a passion and be the person you want to be. The other is to “ be a man” carrying an arsenal of firepower and letting others make decisions for you. When you shoot into a crowd with children, are you “the man”?

Mr. Andrews is not just a benefactor, but a role model. Not everyone will be the next Trombone Shorty. But you can choose your own path. Don’t let others do it or you.

Sandrea Everett


New Orleans