Deadline March 1: New Orleans High School Brass Band Competition

Class Got Brass is the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's program to support music education while also promoting our traditional culture.

It's a contest for middle and high school brass bands. The top prize is $10,000 worth of instruments for your school's band programs.

The deadline to apply was this Friday, Feb. 22. But we're extending it for one week - to Friday, March 1. Please see the online application form here.

And we've organized a free clinic this Saturday for band directors and students to learn more about the tradition, style and technique of brass band music. It's from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Perseverance Hall in Armstrong Park. Dr. Michael White and the Stooges Brass Band will be the presenters. For details, see here.

For more details on Class Got Brass, please visit, or see below. And check out this video that shows last year's contest and explains the program.


Class Got Brass, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's new program to support music education in the schools - while promoting the brass band tradition - is ready for an encore.

It’s a contest for Louisiana middle and high schools to create traditional New Orleans-style brass bands (as opposed to marching bands). At stake is more than $20,000 worth of instruments for the winning schools’ music programs.

The first place prize is a gift certificate worth $10,000 in instruments, instrument repair and other supplies for the winning school's band programs - and an invitation to perform at the 2013 Jazz & Heritage Gala. Second place is $6,000; third place is $4,000.

Are you ready to rumble? Then polish your horns, shine your shoes and straighten your caps, because Class Got Brass is back.

Applications are now available to enter Class Got Brass 2013. The deadline to apply is March 1. See for complete details and the online entry form.

Class Got Brass is open to all middle schools and high schools in Louisiana. Schools may enter a New Orleans-style brass band of up to 12 members. They must follow guidelines designed to emphasize the historic, world-famous brass band tradition.

After a preliminary competition, 10 finalists will be chosen to compete in a second-line parade on Sunday, March 24, 2013, in conjunction with our Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival. Many of New Orleans top' brass band musicians will serve as judges to determine the winners.

"We want to support music education in Louisiana - and to encourage our schools to embrace our traditional music and culture," said Don Marshall, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's executive director. "We all know how hard it is for schools to pay for music programs. By providing a financial incentive, we're giving schools and band directors even more reason to join the competition - and to move our heritage forward."

For more details on how to participate in Class Got Brass - including the application form and guidelines - please visit

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