Tunes for Toys 2023 Presented by Gia Maione Prima Foundation

The Trombone Shorty Foundation and the Gia Maione Prima Foundation in partnership with Warren Easton Charter High School are proud to present the annual “Tunes for Toys” toy drive and concert, held outdoors at Warren Easton High School’s Legacy Field on Friday, December 15! This tradition is a fun and festive way for the New Orleans community to give back this holiday season. Experience a night of joyous live music from our young Academy students, as well as performances by The Rumble ft. Chief Joseph Boudreaux Jr.; Raj Smoove; Warren Easton High School’s Concert Band, Drum Section, Talented & Music Band; Shorty Academy students, and an appearance by local dance troupe Le Bon Ton Babydolls. Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews will perform as special guest.

Admission is free and open to the public, in exchange for a new toy. Gates open at 6pm, with live music starting at 6pm with Raj Smoove. Food trucks and vendors will be on site with refreshments available for purchase. The event will be hosted by Tonya Boyd-Cannon. 

The toys will be distributed on Saturday, December 16 at Warren Easton High School at an event called “Toys from Troy.” There will be refreshments and photos with Santa from 1pm-3pm, also free and open to the public (any child who attends will receive a free toy). “Tunes for Toys” is made possible by presenting sponsorship by the Gia Maione Prima Foundation. Generous partnership also provided by JP Morgan Chase, and Sentre Sound. See below for the schedule of performers:

6pm Gates open
6pm-6:55pm Raj Smoove
7:00 Warren Easton Concert Band, Concert Choir
7:15 Warren Easton Talented & Music
7:30 WE Eaglettes (dancers)
7:55-8:10 Shorty Academy students with special guest Trombone Shorty
8:15-9pm The Rumble ft Chief Joseph Boudreaux Jr

Tunes for Toys means so much to me. It’s amazing to witness the next generation of New Orleans musical talent!” — Foundation founder Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews

In 2011, the Gia Maione Prima Foundation was established with the assistance of long-time friend and counsel, Anthony J. Sylvester of Sherman Atlas Sylvester & Stamelman LLP.  Gia Maione Prima was a singer and the widow of Louis Prima, the famous jazz musician, singer and composer from New Orleans. The GMPF makes donations to tax-exempt organizations supporting and encouraging an appreciation for American jazz, American popular music and jazz performance as well as the fine arts. 

Warren Easton has a rich legacy of educational excellence. As the oldest public high school in the state of Louisiana, they have not only educated the children of New Orleans for over 100 years, but have also ensured each child has the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential and leave as upstanding citizens who contribute to our community.  Through their core values – Tradition, Excellence, Family and Pride – Warren Easton’s Faculty, Staff and Alumni believe in leading by example when it comes to paying it forward to our community. One of their top traditional priorities – along with academic excellence – has always been to embody a true a spirit of giving. They are pleased to partner with 2004 Alumnae of Warren Easton, Troy Andrews and the Trombone Shorty Foundation’s Tunes for Toys.

Sentre Sound is a New Orleans based production company specializing in professional audio, backline, and lighting services and sales.