Class Got Brass competition promotes music learning _lowres

Photo by ERIC SIMON - Landry-Walker High School Brass Band performs at the Class Got Brass competition in 2015.

Applications are being accepted through March 5 for the Class Got Brass competition for Louisiana high school and middle school brass bands, sponsored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The winning school music programs will receive instruments worth more than $30,000.

The first place prize is a gift certificate worth $10,000 in instruments, instrument repair and other supplies for the winning school's band programs. Second place is $7,000; third place is $5,000. There will also be a category for "beginner" brass bands, with prizes of $5,000, $4,000 and $3,000 for the top groups. There are additional prizes for schools that don't place in the top three in either category.

The Class Got Brass contest will be on Sunday, March 19, in conjunction with the Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival.

This year, the Preservation Hall Foundation is providing additional resources to help band directors prepare their students for the Class Got Brass competition.

There is a resource-rich website with instructional materials covering six songs in the traditional brass band repertoire.

For each song, there is sheet music to download, with arrangements for all brass band instruments: trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, tuba, bass drum and snare drum. There are also classic recordings demonstrating the proper tone and style.

For band directors who want personal instruction for their students, Preservation Hall will send members of its world-famous band to conduct clinics at schools that have entered the Class Got Brass competition — at no charge to the school. To request a clinic for your school band, email programs@jazzandheritage.org.