My favorite instrument is the snare drum.
In Scotland, the snare drum is very prominent in Highland bands. The Scottish style of playing is in my blood. It's a very powerful instrument, but it can also be soothing, like velvet. It's a real challenge for composers.
We don't have a full black community in Boston.
Our people are scattered. There's a middle class where I live in Highland Park but it's not like a piece of Washington or Chicago.