How music is transforming and saving the lives of kids in New Orleans
"The Whole Gritty City" tells the story of three New Orleans marching band directors who prepare their students for Mardi Gras parades ... and for life
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The Legacy Council of NOLA Bands
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NPR Fresh Air
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Gambit New Orleans
The New York Times
The New Orleans Advocate
Learn more about the "The Whole Gritty City" and how music programs are helping kids in New Orleans
The kids and teachers featured in the film have all lost someone to violence in New Orleans - but all find refuge, purpose and joy in the band room.
Four months before The Roots of Music Marching Band started it's very first Mardi Gras parade season, students didn't even have all their instruments. But that didn't stop band founder Derrick Tabb from teaching his young musicians how to play drums.
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"The Whole Gritty City" has some unusual cinematographers. Filmmakers Richard Barber and Andre Lambertson gave digital cameras to some of their young subjects and the result is an intimate look at a dangerous world from a child's point of view.
A young student struggles to play his horn in the Roots of Music Marching Band. Instructor Edward Lee has patience for every sour note, but there are consequences when the student says "I can't."
New Orleans P.D. Officer Shelita Haynes responds to shootings nearly every night. Many of the victims are around the same age as her teenage sons. But Haynes finds comfort knowing her sons are in the L.E. Rabouin H.S. Marching Band.
Band director Wilbert Rawlins knows he's competing with drug dealers for the hearts and minds of his students, so he found a creative way to make a big impression.
Wilbert Rawlins, director of the O. Perry Walker H.S. Marching Band, patiently helps a student learn to play a trumpet part. Ear plugs not included.
Go behind the scenes as the L.E. Rabouin H.S. Marching Band rehearses before a parade. Director Lonzie Jackson demands excellence from the band, flag team and cheerleaders.