The Woodlawn High School’s 20-member jazz band performed the first CC’s Coffee House Chords 4 Kids Jazz Concert on April 21 at a local CC’s.

A packed crowd was in attendance as the students played to raise money for their school music program.

The student musicians were joined by local award-winning trumpeter George Bell, who also gave an impromptu lesson that led several students to give their first solo performances.

“The highlight of the evening was hearing a student say, ‘That was the best experience ever’ as he exited the stage. That’s what this program is all about,” said Brandy Rush, CC’s director of team resources.

The Chords 4 Kids program gives high school jazz musicians the chance to display their talents and raise money for their school’s music program with performances at a local CC’s. The concerts are free and open to the public. A portion of the proceeds during the event will be donated to the performing school, a news release said.

More Chords 4 Kids events are planned for the fall. High school jazz ensembles in the Baton Rouge area will be able to apply then at