Image Courtesy of the Tipitina's Foundation
Avid, the Berklee School of Music and the John Lennon Bus were all on hand to celebrate and educate at Tipitina’s “Instruments A Comin’” fund-raising event in New Orleans on Monday, April 30th. The event was held at Tipitina’s uptown New Orleans music venue on the first night of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and featured incredible performances by some of New Orleans most famous hometown heroes including Galactic, Trombone Shorty, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the legendary Neville Brothers that kept the crowd on their feet till the wee hours.
The Tipitina's Foundation’s “Instruments A Comin’” annual benefit concert, silent auction, cultural fair, and block party was established eleven years ago to raise money for local student musicians, and has provided more than $2 million worth of musical instruments to date, assisting more than 70 school marching bands and after-school music programs, benefitting thousands of young musicians.
Avid and the Berklee School of music marked the occasion with a donation of recording, composition, and music creation equipment to the Tipitina’s Internship Program. Under the artistic direction of Donald Harrison Jr. the Tipitina's Internship program is an after-school jazz performance and digital recording program for ages 12 through 19. Now in its eighth year, the program is part of the Berklee City Network and focuses on instrumental performance, music theory, recording and general academic tutoring, and creates positive change in the lives of young New Orleans musicians.
“Avid is thrilled to support the Tipitina's Foundation and its partner, the Berklee City Music Network. Both are deeply committed to bringing music to the children of New Orleans and with their efforts are making a big impact,” said Lee Whitmore, Ed.D., Avid Director, Segment Marketing. “We’re so excited to mark this incredible "Instruments a Comin'" event with the donation of a complete Pro Tools recording system including Artist Series controllers, an M-Audio keyboard and a copy of Sibelius 7. I can't wait to come back to hear the amazing music students will create and record."
Berklee City Music is a nonprofit education program that harnesses the energy of contemporary music to reach underserved 4th to 12th graders all across the country. Students dedicate themselves to building their musical talent, their self-confidence and, in the long run, the strength of their community.
“Berklee is proud to support initiatives by our City Music Network member Tipitina's Foundation who are grooming the next generation of musicians, innovators and leaders,” added David Mash. Senior Vice President for Innovation, Strategy, and Technology, Berklee College of Music.. “Tipitina's commitment to enriching the New Orleans community will have a lasting effect on the teachers and students of tomorrow. Berklee is pleased to continue to leverage our relationships with strong partners like Avid, who is a pioneer in providing solutions for music creation and production, and by working together on projects such as these, we can truly make a positive impact on the lives of children.“
“I must say that Avid's support of the Tipitina's Foundation will help us preserve New Orleans' irreplaceable music community,” concluded Kim Katner, Managing Director, Tipitina’s Foundation. “The equipment and software fill a large need the Internship Program has for audio production tools, and it represents a wonderful investment in the music, culture and people of New Orleans.”
And wherever there are kids, music, and good times, be sure to keep an eye out for the John Lennon Tour Bus – and as fortune would have it the Bus was able to join in the festivities at “instruments a Comin’”. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. In its fifteenth year, with the very newest technology and gear, the Bus continues to be dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios and participation in free songwriting and multimedia production workshops. The Bus offered tours during the event, and also made several stops in New Orleans, including working with the O. Perry High School jazz band “The Chosen Ones,. With sousaphones, trombones, trumpets and southern soaked vocals, the students had a great time writing and recording an original tune on the bus and learning about the power of Pro Tools. Check out the great video of the stop below.