Help Afghan Trumpeter Go to College
His primary school was in front of the Afghanistan Ministry of Internal Affairs, a favorite target of the Taliban. He sometimes saw blood and body parts in the streets and inside the school, a sight that is hard for a child to comprehend. Fearing for his safety, his parents asked if he wanted to attend music school. Baset started studying at Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul. At the time, Baset had never seen a trumpet. Yet, by 2013, he was the principal trumpet in the National Orchestra.
Because the Taliban dislikes music, practicing at home, even carrying an instrument case on the street is still very dangerous for musicians. Music, in general, is forbidden by the Taliban in Afghanistan, and some hard-liners think anyone playing an instrument, especially a Western one, should be punished.
Some people he knew advised him to stop playing. However, the school no longer had a trumpet teacher, and with no musical guidance, that is when he found David Bilger, principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Bilger began tutoring him through Skype. Fundraisers and a GoFundMe campaign were established, and with the support of many generous people and Baset's hard work, he was able to attend Interlochen Arts Academy. Baset graduated with honors May 27, 2017.
Baset has been accepted by the University of Kansas School of Music. However, before he is able to attend the university, he has to prove to the United States government that he has complete funding in place in order to get his F1 visa. If he can’t show every dollar needed is in place, he will not be issued the visa. And without a visa, he’ll have to return to Afghanistan. And this is why he has turned to this campaign to make his four years at KU possible. He needs to pay for school – about $15,000 for room and board, books, and other living expenses each year. Additional contributions are most welcome for Baset's future studies.
“I want to become the best trumpet player I can and a good person,” says Baset. “My goal is to learn so that I can serve where I can.” Winston Churchill said, ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ Great sacrifices have been made by many for me to follow my dream. Now I will begin to give back.”
Your generous donations helped my family to get their passports, visas and other paperwork to allow them to relocate. Your donations will also help them with the airline, apartment and food cost until they get a job in India to support themselves. As you probably know moving to another country is expensive. They are excited to move on and I am for grateful to have great people around me that want to help them make this possible.
We are very close to reach our final goal, only $5,640 to go. Please help and share the campaign with anyone that would be interested in helping my family to move from Afghanistan to India. I believe we can do this but with your help. The campaign name is (Help Afghan Trumpet to Save His family from War.)
People struggle to live normal life despite war. Children get killed on their way to school. Moms and dads get killed on their way to work. People just want to be saved but they don’t even know if they can get to home from school or work. Do we care to think about those people? Are we willing to help those in need? Take a minute now, close your eyes and breath. Think about people that they really struggle in life and ask yourself what makes you special than those people?
This week a six-year-old girl was kidnapped and then killed in Kabul. I am not smart enough to understand how people can kill each other. Life is too short and doesn’t matter who you are, the principal Triangle Player in Heaven Symphony Orchestra or a president or anyone else. No one will remember what you have done in your life, but they will remember the people you reached and changed their lives. We should leave something behind.
Also, thank you everyone for supporting my family to move to a safer country. We are so close to reach the final goal, only $5,955 to go. Please help and share their story with people that might care to help. (Help Afghan Trumpeter to Save His Family From War). Thank you again so much for helping and supporting my family for a better and safer future.
Another heartwarming news for myself. I might be able to travel to see my parents and sisters for the first time after 3 years. This is a very exciting year for us. I am so grateful for your support to make all this possible because we wouldn’t be able to make anything happen with your generous donations.
Please pray for us and help us reach our final goal of $6,930 now. GoFundMe Link: (gf.me/u/rdir5a). If you could see my face, you would see the smile that you put on it. Thank you!!!
I feel incredibly lucky to know wonderful people who care to help others. Thank you!!!
It is surely wonderful to see your financial goal has been reached and such a great feeling seeing so many here are pulling together for you to succeed! Congratulations Baset and have many wonderful years of study of music at KU. Your determination and dream are an inspiration to all of us. We hope to see you perform and play music at the Carnegie Hall in the near future. Good luck in achieving your dream and to a bright future!
Ahmad, please know you are not alone in your longing and efforts to bring education and opportunities to your sisters and mother, and the women in Afghanistan. Here in Montana, an organization called the Central Asia Institute was started in the 1990s by Greg Mortenson, and it continues to work diligently to the very efforts you speak of. My heart goes out to you and your family, and to all of those who care and work to create a world that affords all of us opportunities through love, respect, and understanding. You can and are changing the world through your music!
Baset, you remain an inspiration to many. I wish I had gotten to see you more in Lawrence (and in DC-although I recognize the photo :-) this past year. Maybe we can have you over to Kansas City when your busy schedule permits. Keeping your family in our prayers.
Wishing you well this December holiday morning. I hope your family is well and safe, that you, yourself, are happy and full of music. Take good care Baset, I am hoping that you have joy in your life. May the year to come be one where we all are able to rise to the challenges set before us by life on this planet with creativity and generosity of spirit rather than violence and fear. May our troubled world wake refreshed and awash with hope, enthusiasm and the will to make it so.
From one musician to another Baset. I know that your studies will fill your heart with joy. Happy birthday to you next week. Hopefully I'll hear you play some day. Until then....know that we are all lifting you up on our shoulders and wishing you the very best each day.
Great news Baset. Really looking forward to having you in Lawrence. You will be in good hands with the Steve and Paulina. Will see you again soon. Maybe we will have a chance to take you on some trips around the country, although you are already quite the traveler!