Thanks Tom for realizing my very stupid mistake!
I've made some changes and I have got almost everything working
how I wanted it to.
However, I have one issue and this problem happens only
when I am running Fluidsynth on my Raspberry Pi 3. When I am
jamming away on a lot of keys at one time on the keyboard it
seems to sometimes miss midi noteon or noteoff events. I know
this because when running Fluidsynth (compiled from the
original git source code) if I set the midi channel to an
organ and I press a lot of keys and I pull away my hands one
or two notes will still be sustaining. It also happens that
some notes don't turn on sometimes.
I verified this by adding an error printout to my program
to detect noteoff events for notes that are already off and
noteon events for notes that are already on. Sure enough I
get one of these error printouts when I hear an issue.
I checked with top and the PI has plenty of memory and cpu
power available when running fluidsynth. The only warning
fluidsynth prints out is this:
fluidsynth: warning: Requested a period size of 64, got 256
I don't think this would be related to not receiving midi
Thanks for the help,