FB: Speaking of which, there's been a community of Latin teachers and professors that have evolved over the last several years. I know that you and oscar and Victor Mendoza, what is the what is the ...what is coming of this? - Other than having a Latin music event once a year...Is this forging a coalition and a more better consciousness of Hispanic cultures on campus here? - MB:I'll tell you my part of this. I don't know if I can answer, exactly in detail what you ask, within again, of my own process of being a latin in campus. -Eight years ago being in touch with Latin students, of course I am with Mexican students, and it was the students initiative, the students clubs, initiative, eight or nine years ago, through the students activites office, and the one person that must be credited is Jane Stahoviach, she is the god. -She is the power behind, even now-a-days, when we have taken a more active role on this, but this was nine or eight years ago that were proclaiming that they needed presence in the campus, that they wanted to have a week of concerts dedicated, and activites dedicated to their own culture. Jane went after, Jane solicited me and Oscar, and Victor, initially to please aid, - and we started advising these people and helping them. - but it was their descion who was coming, what was going on and like that, and I was so happy to start participating, ever since, every year, closely with Jane, more than with faculty, each one of us would put a little effort on something produce a concert or be the contact for the artist from outside, but the philosophy, for me at that point, was to make awareness in town-in campus, that we were here and that there was more to just Latin, commercial, and that, that we were all from differnt countries, and that we needed to expose our countries and clutures and traditions to everybody else, and that was the point of view. Then it kept getting better. - The students themselves, - got funding from differnt departments, and from the presidents office and that point with Lee Berk. Ah..and it started developing. Then we got a little attention from other places. - Then there was the six one. Then we started being able to bring, with the administration's support, better people that needed, to be ah .. paid better or presented better, or presented better. - Then we brought...the one that was amazing was ah.....eh....Ruben Blades, FB: - that was just two years ago right? MB: Three years ago.. And there was Cacao the last one- because of that initiative, and I tell you Jane Stacoviah -powerhouse behind it.- FB: She really is determined. She gets alot done. MB: Oh yeah, and she has an incredible personality of being able to..put people together. So it has evolved to the last one, which was, Rosa Pasus, in which differnt faculty...differnt things.- I've been personally advising producing, performing and every one in some sort, wheather it is a tribute, or my own band, or a part of another band, ah .. helping students do what they do, Ah, doing panels...whatever,- I think that many of us have started finding our place within that. I don't see it as a niche of all Latinos but in putting together a week or more of ah activities that include movies, and include library trip, and include more historical things, and panels about stuff. Now-a-days - I think that last year- it was a more formal call organizing ourselves into ah..being a latin faculty group, community whatever, and I think we are going to be doing more and more in this way.' FB: Good Good.. MB: So there is good for everybody, = I mean when Rosa Pasos came, she visited one of my Latin Jazz class, and students performed for her. - And guess what she said at the end of her comments- So sweet- inspired me enormously. - She said "I wanna tell you that we need to take it easy." - "People don't need to see you breathing."- "All musicians are in the same tribe." -"We are all messengers of music." -"We must treat it with respect and elegance." -"and generosity." - It was so beautiful. - So for me that was my highlight - Of course seeing her later and being part of gatherings was really great too, but to me the minute things are more important than the huge light things you know...and in that one we participated in a tribute to Natasha Stavnez, the filmmaker, wife of my dear friend, Claudio Regassi, who I work with-guitarist.- So, I see each part of this week very important. That one was very solemn and beautifl and poetic, and then there was the huge other Rosa Pasos, and then there were places for students to perform. So I see, it is alot of power into this and I look forward to continue.- and I see all my other pal faculty doing what they can do.- I find what is important is to find who we are and to find what role we can plays- like a families you know. You cannot force anybody to be what is not. - FB:Try to find your niche and contribute as best you can. = MB:Exactly.