The Roots of Music

Photo by Zack Smith Photography
  • Photo by Zack Smith Photography

The Roots of Music’s mission is to preserve and promote the great music heritage of New Orleans by providing free music education, academic tutoring and mentorship to youth ages 9-14. The Roots of Music serves over 100 students. making up a full marching band that has successfully paraded the city since Mardi Gras 2009.

The Roots of Music is a free music education program for middle schoolers in the Greater New Orleans area. The Marching Crusaders regularly perform at Jazz Fest, Mardi Gras, Essence Fest, and French Quarter Fest, as well many other events throughout the year. Students receive free transportation, academic tutoring, musical instruction, and a hot meal every day.