Monday, January 3, 2011

Raphael Saadiq Supports The Roots of Music!


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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Roots Performs with Galactic!

The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders got funky with Galactic!
June 9th 2010
The YLC Wednesday At The Square
finale event was a
super hot show!
The Soul Rebels with our own Mr. Lee set the tone and got the crowd into the groove for some funk! The guys from Galactic performed with Cyril Neville and then introduced the crowd to The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders! The kids performance was spectacular! Even Ben Ellman the sax player for the group was blown away! A huge Thank You! goes out to YLC, Galactic, The Soul Rebels and all of the fans that attended!

Benefit for The Roots of Music

On Saturday May 29th
Tim Robbins Actor/Musician
Hosted a benefit for The Roots of Music at The Republic
The benefit had and unbelievable line-up of musicians from New Orleans! Ani Difranco, Jon Cleary, Dr. John, Anders Osborne,
CC Adcock, The Preservation Hall Jazz Masters, ReBirth Brass Band, and our very own The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders! The event was a great success and we would like to thank all of those that came out to show support for Roots! Tim Robbins was awarded a drum major staff as a symbol of appreciation for all of the generous work he donated to the benefits planning, preparation, and performances. He truly is a shining star in the hearts of the Roots family!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Gambit Weekly article

The Gambit Weekly ran a cover story about Roots of Music this week. That's the good news. The bad news is that the article is about the dire need for money to keep the program going.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

parade recap

What an amazing Mardi Gras parade season for the Roots of Music marching band!

The Crusaders drum major RoRo led the band in 6 parades this season.

Roots of Music director Derrick Tabb made sure that the band members lined up in straight rows, held their instruments properly, and stayed together in step.

Roots of Music band members, chaperones, and music instructors were also honored to march in the Superbowl victory parade for the Saints. Only the city's most elite bands were invited to participate in the largest parade in New Orleans history... What a night!

The Studio G dance team held it down all Mardi Gras! Thanks so much!

And a special thanks to all the volunteer chaperones for keeping order on the parade route and making sure everything ran smoothly.

Signing off for this Mardi Gras season: keep your eyes and ears open for the Roots of Music Crusaders coming up at Jazz Fest and elsewhere.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Mardi Gras!

I've been on break from this blog for far too long, but Roots of Music has been keeping busy in preparation for the Mardi Gras parade season...

On Friday, Director Derrick Tabb led the final rehearsal before the first parade of the season.

Mr. Givens oversees the color guard.

Vernon Lewis helps Squeaky with some last minute adjustments before boarding the bus and heading to the parade.

Stay tuned for another update direct from the parade route!

In the meantime, keep your eyes and ears open for the Roots of Music Crusaders at the following parades:

Feb 9 - WHO DAT (Saints Superbowl parade!)
Feb 11 - Muses
Feb 13 - Nomtoc (West Bank)
Feb 14 - Bacchus
Feb 15 - Orpheus

Monday, October 5, 2009

Top 10 CNN Hero!

Roots of Music director Derrick Tabb has made it to the Top 1o of "CNN Heroes":