I was flipping through an old book at the house the other day. These two pictures, which were unknown to me, fell out. It is me, Jake Shimabukuro, and Rashad Qasem with the GHS guitar club in 2007. Jake had stopped by to talk with the GHS guitar club directly after appearing on the KLOS morning show with Mark and Brian in Los Angeles. He was a wonderfully kind young man. After answering student questions we jammed on his song, "Crosscurrent." I did not really know much about Jake at the time. Club president Rashad Qasem told me Jake was a really good player and he wanted to meet him. So I told him how to get in touch with his management company. That is one of the perks of being club president. You get to choose who you want to pursue for guest speakers at club meetings. Anyway, the club had hosted numerous famous guitar players over the years. However, we had never received so many requests for admission into a particular meeting. There were calls from all over California and Arizona to get in to see him. In hindsight it was a pretty special day. Jake has since gone on to worldwide acclaim as arguably the finest ukulele player on the planet! If you're interested in a little touch of what the students experienced on that day you can follow this link to see what happened on YouTube.
"Who will carry it on if we do not pass it on?"