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#devin_garza and a fan play Turtle Dubs on the new 14" Corps Series Marcher pad w/Remo White Max head. #tmea #realrims #realheads #qualitypractice

All-Region Orchestra 2016. My third and final. It was great 👌🏽#tmea #orchestra #clarinet

This year FHS had six 2017 Choir All-Staters. Davis (Bass 1, Chair 3), Robbie (Tenor 1, Chair 3), Kade (Bass 1, Chair 5), Hailey (Soprano 1, Chair 4), Kobie (Alto 1, Chair 6) & myself (Alto 2, Chair 2). Being apart of this process was probably one of the most life changing things that has ever happened, and I have so many people to thank. I obviously can thank my amazing coaches and my super supportive family, but I'd also like to thank all my friends, especially these 5 dorks. They all were a huge help in the process and made this trip the most enjoyable it could be. Davis, thank you for being absolutely HILARIOUS and for taking the role of our #1 dad. Robbie, thanks for keeping me on my feet & teaching me a few things along the way. Hailey, thanks for being such a kind soul & always having my back. Kade, thank you for listening to my problems and being so understanding/such a good friend. Kobie, thanks for making me happy even on my worse days. I love you all so much and I'm going to miss not only San Antonio, but the memories we made in it. This was a trip of a life time and I am so thankful I got to be apart of it. #allstatechoir #tmea

This straight Alto Sax was almost as magical as TMEA. I had a lot of fun and saw a lot of friends. I can't wait till next year! #iamnowbroke #tmea #saxophone #music

Wouldn't trade the late night name calling, loud singing from Connor, musical dancing from Danny, rude comments from Corbin or hysterical laughs from us all for anything♥️ #TMEA

The past two days have been phenomenal playing with the best people in our region and putting on a great concert #tmea

Xerxes by John Mackey. Or as he described it in rehearsal "Darth Vader invades Persia"... I absolutely emptied my guts out on this one. #TMEA #ATSSB #Mackey #tuba

Thanks #tmea for a great time with great friends!

Yay! Last one... little sad, ready for more practice and college! #tmea2017 #tmea

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I meant to post this as soon as I noticed it in the program from last night's Spring band concert, but now feels like a pretty appropriate time. It makes me so proud to see that my daughter is the most decorated flute player in the entire band program at her High School. My dear girl, I want to let you know how incredibly proud I am of all of your accomplishments in these last three years of high school. I admire how hard you push yourself to stand out among your peers. I've watched how much you've had to sacrifice and let go of in order to pursue your passion for music. I've watched how incredibly hard you've worked to EARN every single award, trophy, plaque, patch, medal, ribbon, letter, and jacket. You are truly the most hard-working person I have ever known in my entire life! I know it may not feel like it right now, but I want you to know that you inspire those around you...because you certainly inspire me. And even if you don't receive recognition that you've more than earned, I want to encourage you to continue to inspire others with your hard work and dedication. I love ya kid! 💕 ❤️ #evenif #bandmom #fluteplayer #TMEAflute16 #tmea

It's official!! The MHS Men's Choir has been selected as the ONLY Mens Honor Choir to perform at the TMEA Convention February 2018. Great Job Men! Congratulations! And Special Thanks to Director @regwright for all your hard work! #choir #singsingsing #tmea #honor

"Bridge the Gap" with Nina Bledsoe: If you haven't registered yet, you aren't too late! Register today at http://houstonviolasociety.weebly.com.

If you have an eighth grade student who is feeling intimidated or is feeling confident on tackling the region etudes for high school in the fall, have them sign up and attend UST Viola Day. I will be teaching a session called "Bridge the Gap" specifically for these students who want to get a head start on the etudes before school lets out for the summer! #viola #chambermusic #tmea #etudes #houstonviolasociety

President Thérèse is proud to say that her cooperative, Twongere Kawa Coko in #Rwanda, has a majority of female members! ♀

Having built a new, bigger #coffee storeroom last year, the old storeroom now hosts weekly craft classes for local women. Learning to make traditional handicrafts like mats, baskets and vases helps them earn an extra source of income for their families outside of the coffee season.
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#twincoffee #devthroughtrade #tmea #twongerekawacoko #rwandacoffee #eastafricancoffee #socialdevelopment #specialtycoffee #womensempowerment #cooperativemovement #handicrafts #eastafricanart

We love how Scert Kiyago #coffee cooperative in #Burundi like to do things differently! 🏞

The coop was founded in 2014 by six families originally from the rural #Mbuye commune, who were living and working in the capital. Determined to do something to improve the lives of coffee farmers in their home town, they decided to combine their expertise in socio-economics, agronomy, soil science and electrical engineering to set up an innovative cooperative with the social development of its members at its heart.
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#twincoffee #devthroughtrade #tmea #scertkiyago #burundicoffee #eastafricancoffee #socialdevelopment #specialtycoffee

“I was so excited when the cooperative was founded, because I knew it meant change was coming. Life was very hard for coffee farmers here. I used to spend all night queuing at the wet mill to sell my coffee, and when it was weighed, they would always tamper with the scales so they wouldn’t have to pay me the full amount. We all knew they were stealing from us, but we didn't have any other option.

I’m so glad I joined #Korerikawa, because my life has changed so much. Now, my husband and I can afford to send our five children to school. I’ve received training on good farming practices, so I’ve been able to increase the quantity of coffee I grow and earn more money for my family. And everyone at the cooperative is safe in the knowledge that nobody tampers with the scales. One of my jobs now is to weigh the farmers’ coffee and write down how much they should be paid.” Séraphine Nlmtakirutimana, board member at Korerikawa cooperative, #Kayanza province, #Burundi.
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#twincoffee #tmea #coffee #burundicoffee #eastafricancoffee #coffeefarmer #cooperativemovement #specialtycoffee #ethicaltrade

Umuco Wi'kawa #coffee cooperative, overlooking majestic Lake #Tanganyika, have big plans - and not just for the development of their own community. They already have the support of local government officials who are passionate about strengthening the #Burundian coffee industry as a whole, to help secure a steady source of income for people up and down the country. 🇧🇮
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#twincoffee #tmea #devthroughtrade #umucowikawa #coffee #burundi #rumonge #burundicoffee #eastafricancoffee #eastafricatrade #cooperativemovement #ethicaltrade

We couldn't be happier with our beautiful Burundian vase, a present from our generous friends at #Twesetwoterimbere coffee cooperative! It even has our name on it 🤗
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#twincoffee #tmea #devthroughtrade #burundi #burundicoffee #eastafricancoffee #bubanza #coffeevaluechain #coffeecooperative #ethicaltrade

When farmers are paid a fair wage for their work, they can afford to send their children to school. This is how the #RuzibaNyakaramabo cooperative in #Cibitoke, #Burundi is helping coffee farmers to break the cycle of poverty and give their children a brighter future. 📚✏
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#twincoffee #tmea #developmentthroughtrade #specialtycoffee #burundicoffee #eastafrica #cooperativemovement #fairtrade #ethicaltrade #fairwage #school #education #educationforall

And we couldn't have had as smooth of a year without our Presidents and Vice-Presidents!! Thank you for all you have put into the Alliance! It's because of you and people like our longest standing officer (who has served in many different positions) that make this possible. Again, so excited for the next year to see the new President and Vice-Presidents take on their roles. #TMEA #TempleMEA #officers

This year has been so amazing and event filled, we cannot thank our officers enough for all the hard work they have put into making it so successful! We had our Changing of the Guard on Monday, and so we say goodbye to many officers this year, welcome new ones, and are excited to see many again next year (most in different positions)! Excited to see what the next year holds for us!! #TMEA #TempleMEA #officers

“My wife and I used to have to walk for two hours to sell our coffee. When we got there, we weren’t treated well. Sometimes we would spend 48 hours waiting in line. We were so hungry and so tired that we would climb onto the sacks of coffee and fall asleep. And we had no other choice but to leave our children behind. Our youngest was three years old at the time. It was very stressful for us. The children would be so upset by the time we finally got back home.

When we joined the cooperative, we were able to sell our coffee right by our house. We no longer had to travel so far, or wait so long, and we got fairer prices. It gave us so much joy to spend more time with our children.” Jean Berchmans, coffee farmer at #Kanovera cooperative, #Burundi
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#twincoffee #tmea #developmentthroughtrade #cooperativemovement #bubanza #burundicoffee #eastafricancoffee #coffeefarmer #fairtrade #ethicaltrade

Happy International Worker's Day everyone! 💪

We feel very lucky at Twin to be continually inspired by the hard work and determination of our producer partners. This week we visited #Dusangirumugambi, a young and ambitious coffee cooperative overlooking the rice fields of #Karuzi province, Burundi. Since 2014, they've been implementing female-led gender justice and sustainable agriculture programmes in their 27 local coffee-growing communities.
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#twincoffee #tmea #developmentthroughtrade #internationalworkersday #coffeefarmers #cooperativemovement #burundi #burundicoffee #eastafricancoffee #specialtycoffee #genderjustice #sustainableagriculture

At Twin, engaging all players in the value chain is key to everything we do. Here are some of the coffee farmers at #Yagikawa cooperative #Burundi learning all about Western coffee culture - from cortados to cappuccinos and chai lattes!
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#twincoffee #tmea #devthroughtrade #coffee #coffeeculture #kayanza #burundicoffee #eastafrica #eastafricancoffee #valuechain

You truly give everyone hope. Keep lifting your voices in song! THANK YOU for such a memorable weekend! #region27 #TMEA #proudchoirmommas

Dear lovely people of Instagram/Facebook - I'm currently on a 3 week trip travelling to 19 coffee cooperatives in Burundi and Rwanda (as ya do). If you're interested in seeing photos and stories from each place, please check out/follow @twin_ngotrade! ☕

#twincoffee #developmentthroughtrade #tmea #coffee #burundi #kayanza #eastafricancoffee #workingmother

This family of ten belongs to the marginalised Batwa ethnic group in #Burundi, a country with a long history of ethnic conflict. Their traditional houses, made from sticks and grass, are extremely vulnerable to both heavy rain and extreme heat.

In a show of remarkable solidarity with their Batwa neighbours, members of the nearby Ubwiza Bw'ikawa #coffee cooperative have decided to use their Fairtrade premium to build them sturdy brick houses with metal roofs, just like the one across the road.
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#twincoffee #developmentthroughtrade #tmea #ubwizabwikawa #kayanza #eastafricancoffee #burundicoffee #cooperativemovement #fairtrade #fairtradepremium

Slippin on that sauce mann 🍯 #all-state #tmea

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