"In 2003, The Grammy Foundation nominated THIS IS THE MOMENT, in three categories. I took immense pleasure in that fact, considering it was self-produced, with no record company backing or large distribution. I had no qualms of winning an award…After losing in all three categories, we went to the party. At the party, an excellent band comprised of the best students in America, was performing on stage for us…. The musicians swarmed off the band stand and surrounded me, informing me that they had just recorded my music that afternoon. At that instant, in the midst of those young students, I knew that everything else was anti-climactic. This was the gospel of music in its purest form, and is my definition of success.”, The Gift of Music, pg. 154

Pictured: The Student All-Star Band at the 2003 Grammy Awards, NYC