Marcos Espinosa, a 20-year-old percussionist, was looking for a challenge.
He lives in Tijuana and was part of an orchestra there. He’d progressed past playing just a drum kit to the triangle, the timpani and the other instruments in the percussion section, but he was still looking for another push.
He auditioned for the San Diego Youth Symphony and got into its Sinfonia ensemble, which meets on Saturday mornings in Balboa Park’s Casa del Prado, in a big classroom off of the building’s courtyard. Now each Saturday, Espinosa’s parents drop his siblings off at their own orchestra rehearsal in Mexico and bring him across the border and into the park for his.