The Roots of Music is a foundation which empowers the youth of New Orleans through music education, thus preserving and promoting the unique musical and cultural heritage of the city after the devastation of hurricane Katrina.
The program, serving children ages 9-14, delivers over 2,500 hours annually of music history and theory as well as varied instrumental instruction and ensemble performance preparation. Instruments are made accessible by the foundation, which also provides the students with hot meals and round-trip transportation to reduce common barriers to participation. Each year it supplies over 30,400 nutritious hot meals, 1,400 bus journeys, and over 150 instruments for student use.
Thirteen talented students, entitled The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, will let audiences experience the musical tradition of New Orleans during several performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival. This initiative has been made possible by Curacao foundation Fundashon Bon Intenshon.
For more information about The Roots of Music, visit therootsofmusic.org.