Class got Brass Program Inspires the Next Generation of Louisiana’s Musicians
The sponsorship of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell supports many programs and events of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation, the 501©(3) nonprofit organization that owns the festival. These are designed to celebrate and preserve the music, arts, culture and heritage in Louisiana.
The Jazz & Heritage Foundation started the Class Got Brass contest in 2012 to provide additional funding for music education in middle schools and high schools and to promote New Orleans’ cultural traditions, including the famous “second line” and brass bands.
Competing bands are limited to 12 members and can only feature one bass drum, one snare drum, one tuba and instruments that are recognized as part of the brass band tradition. Schools are encouraged to augment their bands with “steppers,” or dancers. Winning teams received prizes in the form of gift certificates that may be redeemed for instruments, instrument repair, sheet music or other supplies or services to support the needs of schools’ music program.
In 2016, the Class got Brass competition provided more than $40,000 worth of instruments to participating schools. Shell supports a variety of educational initiatives that improve student performance, encourage diversity and benefit Louisiana’s and our nation’s future competitiveness.