“My trombone is my passport.” Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews
The Trombone Shorty Foundation and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University have partnered to provide a music education experience for musically gifted New Orleans high school students at the Trombone Shorty Academy.
Following the distinctive musical path of Trombone Shorty Foundation founder Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, the Trombone Shorty Academy educates the next generation of New Orleans musicians through a music performance curriculum created by Andrews and Foundation Executive Director Bill Taylor in coordination with Tulane faculty.
The Trombone Shorty Academy carries on the tradition of the immensely influential Fairview Baptist Church music program, founded by legendary New Orleans musician Danny Barker, that produced modern day New Orleans musical luminaries including Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Lucien Barbarin and members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Operated in partnership with the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South on Tulane University’s campus, the Academy combines education in the region’s rich musical history with immersion in a performance ensemble under the guidance of musicians Erion Williams and Edward Lee, both of New Orleans’ own The Soul Rebels.
Trombone Shorty Academy students also are partnered with mentors made up of college music students provided by Tulane University under the university’s service learning initiative. The service learning program allows Tulane students to participate in supporting the community in which they live.
The Trombone Shorty Academy provides aspiring underserved high school musicians mentorship and experience in music performance, reading and writing while teaching New Orleans musical traditions like brass-band, traditional Jazz, Blues and gospel, Mardi Gras Indian funk, Hip-Hop, and Shorty’s own hybrid sound of “SupaFunkRock.”
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