The Trombone Shorty Foundation will be featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams tonight.
The Foundation was created by New Orleans musician Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews in 2012 with the goal of the developing young, underserved musicians and passing on knowledge about the city’s unique musical history to the next generation.
The foundation’s flagship program, in its third year, is the Trombone Shorty Academy. Through the academy, local high school students participate in weekly music classes at Tulane University and are given opportunities to perform with renowned New Orleans musicians such as the Soul Rebels.
Other programs include the Fredman Music Business Institute, which educates high schoolers about the music industry, and the “Tunes For Toys,” a community concert which provides toys to needy children, among many others.
NBC visited Trombone Shorty Academy class last week and talked to Jasmine Batiste, a graduate of the program who is now a freshman at Southern University, and interviewed Trombone Shorty.
The story will be featured on the Nightly News’ “Making A Difference” segment.