Trombone Shorty & New Orleans Mayor Team on ‘Horns For Schools’

Program provides instruments to schools in need

Trombone Shorty and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

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.

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Jeff Tamarkin is the former editor of Goldmine, CMJ, Relix, and Global Rhythm. As a writer he has contributed to the New York Daily News, JazzTimes, Boston Phoenix, Harp, Mojo, Newsday, Billboard, and many other publications. He is the author of the book Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane and has contributed to The Guinness Companion to Popular Music, All Music Guide, and several other encyclopedias. He has also served as a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NARAS, National Geographic Online, and Music Club Records.