Kids Brass Jam!
Art Klub NOLA is extremely excited to bring you this inspiring Kids Brass Jam curriculum! Kids Brass Jam is a weekly recurring educational program that teaches, mentors and inspires students through music instruction on trombone, trumpet, sousaphone and drums.
Who: Kids Ages 9 & Up
When: Mondays, Oct 22 - Dec 17
(no class Thanksgiving Week)
Length: 8 weeks
To Register: 504-583-8232 -or- firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to the support from Threadhead Cultural Foundation, Preservation Hall Foundation, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Museum and Griffin Family Foundation, we are able to offer this unique music curriculum. We will be connecting the music with the culture that birthed it. Students will explore where the music came from and how it has evolved over time, paralleled with the cultural evolution of our fine city New Orleans.
Students will have an opportunity to explore all of the instruments; however, please let us know which instrument your student is most interested in playing. Some instruments will be provided on site, but it is best if your musician has their own. Please let us know if you need information on purchasing or renting an instrument while at the Art Klub, or if they already have their own.
We strive to instill a love for playing and listening to music with community centered programming. At the end of the 8 week session, the Art Klub Kids Brass Band will perform a concert!
Witness the magic of New Orleans brass band traditions and Louisiana music and cultural heritage played by the promising talent of the St. Roch neighborhood and surrounding 504 area youth musicians. Let us celebrate big brass music and New Orleans rising talent!
About the Instructor: Dimitri K. Smith
Renowned sousaphone/tuba player Dimitri K. Smith has over 30 years of experience in teaching, performance & mentorship. He began his professional music career at the age of 17. He's a classical and jazz musician who performs with the SMITTY DEES BRASS BAND (SDBB), which he founded in 1991. Dimitri also founded Young Olympia Brass Band and Olympia Kids Brass Band as an extension of the Dejan Olympia Brass Band. He took his first European Tour with the Olympia Brass Band in 1985. His musicianship has taken him on tours throughout the world to 15 European countries and the Middle East including Israel and Turkey. He has performed several stage and Broadway musicals, and played in movie scenes, commercials and on movie soundtracks. At present, Dimitri performs with Michael White and Liberty Brass Band, Algiers Brass Band, New Orleans Spice and New Orleans Paddlewheelers. Dimitri performs nightly on the Creole Queen River Boat, weekly at Preservation Hall and seasonally as "Singing Santa Clause" at the New Orleans River Walk!
About the Instructor: Clifford McPeek
Clifford has many interests in art and music. Writing music and directing bands was his first interest in the 1980's, providing travel, exposure and experience. Opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1985 and performing with the Dead Kennedy's, in addition to performing for University bands for scholarships began an interest in different parts of society. Later in the 1990's he worked for public schools and art organizations in Chattanooga, TN and Birmingham, AL, including The Shaking Ray Levi Society, Barking Legs Theater and Birmingham Art Association. Working for cruise lines as an instrumentalist from 1999-2004, he began writing shows for bigger stages. After 2005, he became interested in Marching Bands and music lessons in New Orleans and continues to support and participate in many arts activities.