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.
Mar 18, 2014

Beginning In-House Instrument Repair

Old horns wait in line
Old horns wait in line

March 17, 2014--New Orleans, LA

Greetings & Happy St. Patrick's Day! We at Tipitina's Foundation are very excited by the progress we have made since inaugurating our in-house instrument repair initiative. The project is getting underway slowly but surely. We have set aside space within our office building to begin accepting, processing, and ultimately restoring used instrument donations. Our dedicated technician--Stafford--has already started working on some of the instruments we had received prior to starting this campaign (see attached photos).

Start-up costs have included the purchase of new cases, mouthpieces, and various repair materials. Many times when an instrument is donated to us, the case is in less-than-perfect condition. To increase the longevity of the instruments, we put our refurbished ones into new cases. And owing to the high likelihood that a donated instrument will be missing a mouthpiece, we have stocked up on the most common ones. This allows us to provide eager music students a hygenic and functional introduction to their newly refurbished instruments.

We are also a few days away from launching a Fed Ex label generator on our website that would allow instrument donors free shipping. We cannot wait to get this off the ground to simplify the process of getting instruments here to Louisiana.

As always, you can reach us at 504-309-7934 or foundation@tipitinas.com for more information on our work. This wouldn't be possible without you--thanks!

Polishing the pieces to a new shine
Polishing the pieces to a new shine
Testing the valves on a trumpet
Testing the valves on a trumpet

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Sep 17, 2012

Instrument Donations & Instrument Repair Program

Pierre A. Capdau Charter School Band Practice
Pierre A. Capdau Charter School Band Practice

It has been an exciting and busy time for us at Tipitina's Foundation.  We are well into 2012 Instruments A Comin' (IAC) project on Global Giving and we are less than $500 away from meeting our goal!  Thank you so much for your continued support and commitment to provide musical instruments and music education to area schools.  These contributions have allowed us to expand and grow several programs in the last few months.

Last year we began supporting Pierre A. Capdau Charter School in New Orleans by donating instruments to their music program.  This summer we continued supporting their music program by donating additional instruments and method books.  Through these donations their music program has grown exponentially, with now almost half of the school's students participating.  It has been amazing to witness the transformation of these children and it is hard not to get wrapped up in their enthusiasm and pride for themselves, their school, and their band.  Through Global Giving funding, we have given more children instruments  and have given this school a strong solid foundation to further build their wonderful music program.

Instruments A Comin'(IAC) Shreveport is another expansion project that Tipitina's Foundation has been tirelessly working to achieve.  Huntington High School's award-winning Raiders Marching Band was a recipient of a musical instrument grant from the Foundation this year.  Due to the popularity of the marching band, the school is now home to a concert band and a jazz band!  The rapid growth of this program and the appreciation and dedication of Huntington's teachers, students, parents and the community at large have made us realize the tremendous impact we are having on this underserved community.  Through our efforts we hope to further support Huntington's model music program and other schools in the Shreveport area.

Through funding from Global Giving, and donations from around the world, Tipitina's Foundation has been able to dedicate and renovate a space for our much needed Instrument Repair Program.  Creating a repair program was a paramount goal for our Foundation and an important component of our core mission.  We are excited to see it fully realized.  In addition to renovating the space, this funding will also assist us in hiring an Instrument Repair Specialist.  Now that the renovation is complete, Tipitina's Foundation will be able to refurbish and repair donated instruments "in house," which will allow us to more efficiently place instruments in the hands of children throughout our city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana.

It is inspiring to see how children's involvement in music boosts self-esteem and teaches teamwork.  Skills learned from playing music are fundamental in providing self confidence, teaching organizational tools, and building personal pride.  At no time in our nation's history are these traits more important for our youth than they are today.  Tipitina's Foundation believes that our greatest resource is our children and we want to continue to be an integral part in the restoration of a better education for this community's children.  The continuous support of Global Giving has been essential to preserving the musical culture of New Orleans and Louisiana.  We thank you for being our partner and helping us with our historic and unprecedented relief and rebuilding efforts.  Your continued support aids us in furthering our goal of allowing the power of music to touch hearts and change lives.

IAC Fundraiser
IAC Fundraiser
The Horn Docter Instrument Repair
The Horn Docter Instrument Repair
Huntington High School Marching Band
Huntington High School Marching Band

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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