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.
Jun 27, 2012

Project expands to Northwestern Louisiana

IAC Marching band
IAC Marching band

Dear GlobalGiving Partners,

Thank you for your continued support of the Instruments A Comin’ (IAC) Project at Tipitina's Foundation’s.  

The goal of the IAC project on Global Giving is to provide new and used musical instruments to increase at-risk youth participation in the Greater New Orleans area public school music programs and marching bands. The mission of Tipitina's Foundation is to support not just New Orleans' irreplaceable music communities but all of Louisiana’s, and preserve the state’s unique musical cultures.  We are very excited to share that we have now begun to expand the IAC project's focus to include another city in Louisiana, better realizing the Foundation's mission.

Shreveport, Louisiana, is in the northwestern part of the state. Historically, Shreveport has been an industrial river city like New Orleans and currently shares some of New Orleans' social, economic and educational challenges. Huntington High School in Shreveport, home to the award-winning Huntington Raiders Marching Band, was chosen to receive an equipment grant from the Foundation.  The school is also home to a concert band, and a jazz band. The Foundation awarded band instruments, music books and other band accessories to the school.  

The Foundation would like to donate more instruments to additional school music programs in Shreveport.  Funds raised through this Global Giving project, as well as benefit concerts and community fairs in the local area, will help to support this new area.

In other exciting news, O. Perry Walker in the New Orleans area, a participating high school in the IAC project, recently attended a marching band competition in Atlanta, Georgia, and won the highest award in the Gulf South contest.  

“Winning that competition for some of these kids was probably the first time ever in their lives that they experienced true self-gratification,” says Wilbur Rawlins, band leader for O. Perry Walker’s “Orange Crush” marching band. “They could say ‘I did it, and I was voted No. 1.’ There were some very prestigious judges.”

But even with this success, Rawlins says that is not the main goal of the band program.  He envisions it as an avenue for children to learn to be successful in everyday society when they get out of high school.  In other words, this kind of esteem-building experience helps to bring young people out of the "at-risk" category into successful self-management.

We know that there are many outstanding projects that need your funding. Your continued support of this project allows more young people in an ever-widening circle to experience the benefits of music instruction and performance, and to transform their lives.

With Gratitude,

Melissa Bachaud
Project Leader
Tipitina's Foundation
4040 Tulane Avenue, Ste 6000
New Orleans, LA  70119
Hunting High School Band playing new instruments
Hunting High School Band playing new instruments
O Perry Walker Marching Band
O Perry Walker Marching Band
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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