Park Forest Middle School Band Wins First Place in New Orleans Jazz Competition “Class Got Brass”

May. 3 2017

Despite the flood, the Park Forest Middle School Band Program is still trying to keep their winning tradition going.   They recently participated in a jazz competition held in New Orleans called “Class Got Brass”.  They participated in the Beginner category against 9 other bands and won first place with the prize of $5000.00

Class Got Brass was started in 2012 to address two core issues: 1) lack of funds for music education in the schools, and; 2) a lack of emphasis on traditional New Orleans music in the many school band programs that are doing great work despite tremendous obstacles.

The goals of Class Got Brass are to create an incentive for band programs to embrace the joyful sounds of New Orleans brass bands, and to reward participating schools with funds that support their music instruction.

Early in the year, the marching band was selected to travel to Washington D.C. for the Veterans Day Parade. Furthermore, they were selected to perform in the Disney Parade in Orlando, Fl. in May.

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