Music is as much a part of New Orleans culture as is our food. And the two came together in a very rewarding way this week for area high school kids.
Popeye’s, famous for exporting the taste of New Orleans to the world is shelling out cold, hard cash to keep New Orleans music playing. Three schools won $10,000 each for their music programs: Haynes Academy, Lusher Charter and Mandeville High School. Contestants had to submit a five-minute video of their bands playing New Orleans-style music. Entries were judge by a panel of pros, including Irvin Mayfield and the faculty of UNO’s music department.
Every winner said essentially the same thing: the money would go toward buying new instruments. “We’re going to get something we thought we could never buy–a new set of tympani,” said Haynes Academy’s Mike Genevay. “My percussionists can’t believe it.”
The grand total of $30,000 distributed to the three schools came from 57 Popeye’s stores located throughout the New Orleans area.