The Roots of Music
The Roots of Music empowers New Orleans youth through music education, academic support and mentorship while preserving the unique musical and cultural heritage of the city. Co-founded in 2007 by Derrick Tabb, snare drummer for the Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band and 2009 CNN Hero, Roots serves kids ages 9-14 from low-income households by teaching the necessary skills to lead positive and productive lives through music. The year-round program provides music classes, performance opportunities, academic support, homework assistance, instruments, round-trip transportation and daily hot meals to its students five days a week, twelve months a year, all free of charge. The Roots of Music serves more than 140 children annually from over 40 different schools throughout Orleans Parish. Visit www.therootsofmusic.org for more information.