Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and New Orleans’ Mayor Mitch Landrieu visited KIPP McDonogh 15 Middle School this week, where they heard a performance by the school’s brass band and spoke to students about the importance of an arts curriculum. Mayor Landrieu also joined Trombone Shorty and Big D and Dan Oestreicher of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on bass drum and baritone sax, respectively.
The visit was part of Andrews’ “Horns For Schools” program, providing instruments to schools in need. He presented McDonogh 15’s music program with specially designed, professional-musician level Trombone Shorty trumpets and trombones. The instruments were specially created to Andrews’ specifications, and in the coming months more will be presented to schools throughout the city for young musicians to use to hone their musical talents. The initial school in the program is a very special one for Trombone Shorty as he went to school at McDonogh 15 from kindergarten until 7th grade.