Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Note from RoM Partner Rick Weil

Hi all,

Rick Weil here. I'm a sociologist at LSU in Baton Rouge & partnering with the Roots of Music. I know a little about music, but not like the other folks! I do know something about sociology & communities, and I think this program is great! It's going to make a huge contribution to the communities it touches and to New Orleans' recovery.

We were privileged to attend a rehearsal of the pilot program yesterday at Tipitina's. The instructors, Lawrence and Shoan, do an amazing job with the kids - keeping them engaged and building a team. And Derrick has the whole thing humming, with tons of people contributing their talents & efforts.

I took some pictures of yesterday's rehearsal, to give you a feel for what it's like to be there. Here's a slideshow ...

Oh by the way, it was Derrick's birthday yesterday ... Happy birthday, Derrick! - Rick

You can see the full slideshow and other pictures at

And you can see how some of my sociology work connects with the Roots of Music at ... including the page on RoM at

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