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Grammy Award-Winning Trumpeter Chris Botti; Plus, How Arts Education in Schools Benefits Students In All Areas of Academics and Life

We catch up with the biggest-selling instrumental artist about his upcoming Houston performances and discuss the benefits the arts have on students.



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First, we speak with acclaimed trumpeter and composer Chris Botti, who joins us to discuss his celebrated music career as well as his commitment to perfecting his craft as an instrumental artist.

Botti also fills us in on his process for creating his first album in ten years, and what audiences can expect from his upcoming performances with the Houston Symphony this weekend, April 14 – 16, 2023. For more information, click here.

Botti at Sea is another opportunity to enjoy incredible music from the Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, along with a host of other musicians. To learn more, visit

To watch Ernie Manouse's previous interview with Chris Botti on the show InnerVIEWS, click here. If you would also like to hear the "Ernie Theme" composed by Botti, click here.

For the rest of the hour, we discuss the current landscape of arts education in the U.S. with Eepi Chaad, Director of Partnerships & Learning for Arts Connect Houston.

Chaad shares her thoughts on the importance of arts education in American schools, as well as the benefits that it can have on students, particularly with the effects of the pandemic.

Plus, several local art and music teachers from the Houston area join us to share their experiences as educators of the arts.



Chris Botti

  • Grammy Award-winning Trumpeter & Composer

Eepi Chaad

Matt Taylor

  • Choir Director, Clear Creek High School

Monet Wright-Salone

  • Director of Theatre, Westfield High School

Gina Messick Farquharson

  • Art Teacher, Jack Yate High School
  • Winner, Teacher of the Year Award

Roshunda Jones-Koumba

  • Theater Director, G.W. Carver High School
  • Tony Award Winner, Excellence in Theatre Education

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