Music Service on Tour: Guest Post

by Daniel Becton
January 28, 2013
Guest Post

I am currently on a service trip that will take me to one community in every state, celebrating and supporting initiatives that harness human effort to improve the lives of others. Called “Project Ubuntu” because of this focus on humanity and service, my trip has covered 10,000 miles and 22 states so far and will eventually encompass all 50 states and Washington, D.C. over a 51-week period.


Music, service and education are three of my biggest passions, so I’m excited to being working with El Sistema-inspired music programs in four locations. The first of these was my home state of North Carolina, where in December I partnered with KidZNotes, which provides 10 hours a week of music instruction to 200 children across five low-income elementary schools in East Durham.

During that week I made two videos that KidZNotes showed at their annual concert — an overview of the program and a focus on the voices of several of the children KidZNotes works with.

This week I’m supporting the service pursuits of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, including a new El Sistema program here, and still to come are weeks with Las Vegas andJuneau.

Follow my trip as it celebrates the service efforts of communities across America through music and beyond! Visit our Facebook page.

Daniel Becton is the creator of Project Ubuntu and is currently on the road with the project. He volunteered with City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley and spent two years with City Year London as Civic Engagement Team Leader and Recruitment Officer while planning the year-long journey. Daniel studied Philosophy, Music and Women’s Studies at the University of North Carolina, and has a master’s degree in Gender Studies from the London School of Economics.


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