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.
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.
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,
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)
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 KatnerManaging DirectorTipitina’s Foundation, Inc.4040 Tulane Ave., Suite 6000New Orleans, LA 70119
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 KatnerManaging DirectorTipitina’s Foundation4040 Tulane Ave., Suite 6000New Orleans, LA 70119Office: 504-309-7934Kim@Tipitinas.com
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