Tipitina's Foundation

The mission of the Tipitina's Foundation is to support Louisiana and New Orleans' irreplaceable music community and preserve the state's unique musical cultures. The Foundation works to support childhood music education, the professional development of adult musicians, and the increased profile and viability of Louisiana music as a cultural, educational, and economic resource.
Apr 4, 2012

Instruments are delivered to schools

Marching in parades with instruments
Marching in parades with instruments

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters,

We are well into 2012 Instruments A Comin’ (IAC) project, and we are less than $1,500 away from meeting our goal!  Thank you so much for your support to provide musical instruments to Greater New Orleans area schools. The Foundation has now been able to purchase way more than 100 new instruments!

In February, we delivered the bulk of the instruments to the schools. This month we will deliver to Edward Hynes Charter School. This school is in the process of moving back into their newly renovated facilities that were destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. Hynes is a K-8 school that has an enrollment of over 530 students and 56% of their students are enrolled in their music program, over 100 in the band.  Hynes will receive 34 instruments from the Foundation:  Clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, baritone horns, and snare and tenor drums.

Einstein Charter serves over 450 students in the New Orleans East area.  They expanded their jazz band with the new instruments. At Einstein, the band class assembled in the band room after everyone helped to unload the new instruments. Einstein received saxophones, the new baritone sax taking center stage.  The band leader led the class in a few musical pieces, providing a fabulous mini-concert for us. During Black History month they performed their first concert with the new instruments.

Pierre A. Capdau Charter School had a small marching band, but was able to expand to a full band in time to march in the Mardi Gras parades with their new instruments.  The school received trombones, baritones, saxophones, piccolos, mellophones, sousaphones, three kinds of drums and marching cymbals. The band classes gathered and met us in the lunch room.  When given the word by their Principal, they raced to their chosen instruments, opening every box and case, taking out each instrument with reverence. The excitement ran high and to not play the new instruments was impossible for these children. 

Miller-McCoy Academy for Mathematics and Business is a charter school that opened in 2008 to address the academic needs of boys in New Orleans.  The Foundation helped them to begin to equip a marching band in 2010.  They received baritones and bass and snare drums from us this year. Miller-McCoy’s band had a successful Mardi Gras season, marching in many of the parades. A portion of their band also performed this past weekend at their Gala celebrating their first graduating class.

O. Perry Walker High School, another school who has benefited from the program in recent years, received marching drums to carry in the Mardi Gras parades.  On our visit to O. Perry, we watched the students reverently cleaning and shining some sousaphones, clearly demonstrating pride and joy in their instruments, in their bands and in their selves.  The smiles on the faces of these students remind us of why we do this. Your GlobalGiving donations are putting musical instruments into hands of children who would not otherwise have access to the benefits of musical performance. 

With the current economic challenges that many non-profit organizations are experiencing, now more than ever, we depend on the assistance of thoughtful individuals like you to keep our mission alive. Once more, please accept our heartfelt thanks for your GlobalGiving contribution.

With warm regards,

Kim Katner

Managing Director

O Perry Walker
O Perry Walker
Band Directors
Band Directors
Pierre A. Capdau Charter School
Pierre A. Capdau Charter School
Einstein Charter School
Einstein Charter School
Miller McCoy
Miller McCoy

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Dec 22, 2011

Over 100 Instruments

Instruments are arriving at the office
Instruments are arriving at the office

Dear Tipitina’s Foundation Supporters,

As we close out 2011, I want to thank you for your help in meeting our goal through the Instrument A Comin’ (IAC) project on GlobalGiving. I am happy to announce that we have added three new schools to the list of over 70 schools that we are currently supporting throughout the Greater New Orleans region. (http://g.co/maps/9n4at)

  • Einstein Charter School (K-8th)
  • Edward Hynes Charter School (K-8th)
  • Pierre A. Capdau (K-8th)

To tell you a little about these schools; Einstein Charter School has expanded their music program to include a full jazz band. Edward Hynes has over half of their students enrolled in their music program and plans to increase participation after moving onto their post-Katrina newly rebuilt campus. P.A. Capdau will have an expanded marching band and a full battery drum line for the first time. Luckily, we will be able to get the instruments in the hands of the young musicians before the Mardi Gras parades begin to roll.

As you already know, this year our Foundation was able to support Sheriff Newell Norman’s Band of Excellence (BOE), an after-school program that draws students from high schools across the Greater New Orleans region. The BOE program provides music education in history, theory, instrumental instruction and ensemble performance. We recently attended the BOE Holiday Bash at the Westwego Performing Arts Theatre, where we heard this amazing marching band play on their new instruments (see picture atteched). When I first came in contact with BOE they had one sousaphone that was shared amongst multipe kids. They now have seven which allows more kids to participate in the marching bands and concerts.

Additionally, by partnering with the Wonderful World Jazz Foundation in Japan, we were able to reciprocate the generosity shown to us following Hurricane Katrina by outfitting two youth jazz bands in the Miyagi Prefecture of Japan. The Swing Dolphins in Kesennuma and the Bright Kids in Tagajo received numerous instruments to replace those lost during last spring’s earthquake and tsumani.

With your help, this year alone we have purchased over 100 instruments. Our last shipment to our three new schools will be delivered to all of the schools during the month of January. In the days ahead, I look forward to sharing with you pictures of our kids with instruments in hand.

Through your GlobalGiving donations and donations from across the world, we are truly touching hearts and supporting our young musicians. Please know that I appreciate your support and thank you for sharing in the process.

With warmest regards,

Kim

Kim Katner
Managing Director
Tipitina’s Foundation, Inc.
4040 Tulane Ave., Suite 6000
New Orleans, LA 70119

New sousaphones
New sousaphones
Saxophones in bags
Saxophones in bags
Boxes of trumpets
Boxes of trumpets
Swing Dolphins on new instruments @Holiday Concert
Swing Dolphins on new instruments @Holiday Concert
BOE with new instruments for their Holiday Concert
BOE with new instruments for their Holiday Concert

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Nov 10, 2011

Next school to receive instruments - TBA

Piano Delivery
Piano Delivery

To Our GlobalGiving Supporters -

On behalf of the Tipitina’s Foundation staff, I would like to extend a heart-felt thank you for your involvement and commitment to Instruments A Comin’. Your support proves your dedication in being a part of putting an instrument back in the hands of New Orleans music students.

The news of instruments from our supporters is becoming widely known, and touching many many hearts here. In the days ahead I look forward to sharing with you the name of the next school that will be the receiving new instruments. 

In the mean time, I hope you enjoy the pictures of jazz saxophonist and composer Donald Harrison, Jr. with the amazing Hailun grand piano that was donated this week to our Youth Jazz Internship Progam. In conjunction with the installation of the piano, Mr. Harrison will present a concert on November 16th in our new rehearsal space.

Together we can keep the music flowing through the streets of New Orleans, down the highways of Louisiana, and across the country, across the world.

With great appreciation of your continued support,

Kim

Kim Katner
Managing Director
Tipitina’s Foundation
4040 Tulane Ave., Suite 6000
New Orleans, LA 70119
Office: 504-309-7934
Kim@Tipitinas.com

New Youth Jazz Internship Program Office
New Youth Jazz Internship Program Office
Donald On Piano
Donald On Piano
Proud Music Director
Proud Music Director
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