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LEAF Delta Jazz Band

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New Orleans Trip of a Lifetime! ................Success!

      Life Lessons Learned -The LEAF Delta Jazz Band

              The LEAF Delta Jazz Band recently embarked upon a journey to the heart of jazz music and cultural traditions, in the city of New Orleans, where jazz was born. The blossoming musicians spent spring break performing at the historic Congo Square Festival, sharpening their skills with a master class at Preservation Hall and later dancing to a live performance performed by their mentors. 

            "I liked Congo Square...I was nervous, but I got a lot of positive feedback, and it felt good,” said Destiny, an alto saxophonist of the jazz band. 
            The LEAF Delta band opened the festival to a crowd of cheers and later witnessed the infamous Battle of the Bands, a second line competition of area middle and high school musicians judged by legendary jazz musicians, including Preservation Hall’s Ben Jaffe. 
            “They practice more than us,” said 9th grade tenor saxophonist, Matt Young. "They practice every day of the week. I think what we need to do is practice more, so we can get better.”
            After a full day of performance, dancing to African drums and learning from the infamous Maynard Chatters of Preservation Hall, the LEAF Delta Jazz Band and their crew gathered for a delicious home cooked New Orleans meal at the Golden Feather Mardi Gras Indian Restaurant and Gallery. 
            Surrounded by hand sewn beaded and feathered masks and suits worn by Mardi Gras Indians, the jazz band and crew learned more about the thriving culture of New Orleans from Mardi Gras Indian and Zulu Connection performer, Shaka Zulu. 
            “I felt good in a way,” said clarinet turned alto sax player, Kaliq Moore. It’s from our culture. It was a unique experience.”
             A bus tour of New Orleans led the jazz band to the House of Dance and Feathers in the Lower 9th Ward, where they learned about Hurricane Katrina and its impact on the residents of New Orleans. Museum founder and Mardi Gras Indian, Ronald Lewis shared his story of his winning struggle to preserve the history and culture of New Orleans to an awe-stricken and appreciative crowd. 
           “I felt like I learned a lot about New Orleans,” said Kaliq, who confessed the visit to the museum was among one of his favorite moments of his trip.  For all of the young musicians, the trip to New Orleans was more than just a trip out of town. 
          “I learned that if I go outside of my comfort zone and explore the world, I'll learn new things and how to cope with changes,” said Destiny.And I think it was a good experience, because we saw some crazy but wonderful things in New Orleans."

       Thanks to the amazing support from the LEAF community, The LEAF Delta Jazz Band has returned from their Spring Break trip to the Big Easy, where they had the AMAZING opportunity to learn from the Grammy Award winning Preservation Hall Jazz Band and perform at the historic Congo Square Festival!

        LEAF would also like to extend a VERY special THANK YOU to our “Cultural Concierges”, Bill Taylor and THE REAL NEW ORLEANS for taking extra special care of us while showing us around in NOLA!
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 YOU helped us reach our fundraising goal! LEAF Delta Jazz Band went to New Orleans for Spring Break! Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. A very special thank you to 5 Walnut Wine BarThe Laurel of AshevilleThe Asheville Citizen-Times, and the amazing LEAF community.  

Thank You!  Gracias! Merci! 
So many ways to say it, but I just want you to know… LEAF appreciates YOU!

Gena Crow, Tommy George, Danielle D Stiles, Jim Lauzon, Kuumba Zuwena, Ami Worthen, Elizabeth McDonough, Erica Bell, Lael Gray, Jennifer Griffin, Richard Olejniczak, Jodi Rhoden, Kate Henry, Jody Whitehurst, Ashley Cooper, Laura Grantmyre, Mark Forgas, Stacey Bailey, Russ Wheelock, Nancy Cain, Mary Kenemer, Scott Dedman, Lee and Wendy Mulcrone, Sarah Nie, John Cram, Hedy Fischer, Sherrye & Anthony Coggiola, Robert Todd, Wren London, Dini & Chuck Pickering, and everyone else who showed their support!



Takin' it EASY in the Big Easy

lssnolajazzbanddestinyHere's what band member, Destiny, had to say about the greatest trip of her lifetime:


"I liked Congo Square...I was nervous (about performing), but I got a lot of positive feedback and it felt good. I learned that if I go outside of my comfort zone and explore the world, I'll learn new things and how to cope with changes. And I think it was a good experience because we saw some crazy but wonderful things in New Orleans."

--Destiny, LEAF Delta Jazz Band member



Check out what the kids were up to!

  Does a Picture Say a Thousand Words?

The Delta House Drummers and Dancers
The Big Moment!
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On the Big Stage

The Whole Tribe

Mr. G & His Crew

The Trip of a Lifetime

       "Music is universal...The language is the same no matter where you go...." Mr. Chatters, Presrevation Hall

 Struttin' thier Stuff

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