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"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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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.
A lack of instruments doesn't stop The Roots of Music Marching Band from getting ready for Mardi Gras.
The Rebirth Brass Band is at the heart of a living musical tradition
Band students record their own lives with digital cameras, offering an intimate look at their dangerous world.
A young student struggles to play his horn. 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 often responds to shootings involving teenagers. The mother of two boys finds comfort knowing they use music as a refuge from violence.
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.
The 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 members of the marching band rehearse for a Mardi Gras parade.