2022 class got brass

Competition: Sunday, April 3, 2022

Class Got Brass is the New Orleans Jazz &  Heritage Foundation’s program to support music education in the schools while promoting the traditional music of New Orleans. 


Class Got Brass will now be its own stand alone event on Sunday, April 3rd.  It’ll take place at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart Street). We invite middle schools and high schools in Louisiana to create a New Orleans-style brass band of up to 12 members – and then to enter a competition in the form of a “second-line” parade with a who’s who of celebrity judges.  At stake are more than $45,000 worth of instruments and other supplies for the winning schools’ music programs. We have two categories of competition: Beginners and Advanced. 

Registration begins at 11:00am

Gates open at 1:00pm

Competition begins at 2:00pm

Advanced Category:

School bands scheduled to compete in the Advanced category include Abramson Sci Academy, Edna Karr High School, George Washington Carver High School, L W Higgins High School, L B Landry High School, and Young Audiences Charter Schools.

  • First place prize is $10,000 
  • Second place prize is $7,000
  • Third place prize is $5,000

the Beginner Category: 

Competing in the Beginner category are Belle Chasse Academy, Riverdale High School, ReNEW Dolores T. Aaron Academy, Fannie C Williams Charter School, GEO Next Generation High School, Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy, Langston Hughes Academy, Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School of Literature and Technology, Mildred Osborne Charter School, Ridgewood Preparatory School, and Tom Benson School.

  • First place prize is $5,000
  • Second place is $4,000
  • Third place is $3,000. 

Competitors that don’t place in either category will receive a stipend of up to $1,000.

Prizes can be used for instruments, instrument repair or other supplies for the winning schools’ music programs.


Class Got Brass Guidelines

It is a competition open to public and private middle schools and high schools in Louisiana.

  • This competition is open to public and non-public accredited middle schools (grades 6-8) and high schools (grades 9-12) in the state of Louisiana.
  • All competitors must perform one dirge and one up-tempo song from a list of recommended songs.
  • Competitors will have four (4) minutes in which to complete their performance. Time is subjects to change based on the number of participants.
  • Band Size: Band may have no fewer than five instruments and no more than 12. All members must adhere to the guidelines that emphasize brass band tradition.
  • All performers – whether band members or accompanying dancers or grand marshal – must be students currently enrolled in the school.


Our partners at the Preservation Hall Foundation are providing additional resources to help band directors prepare their students for the competition. There is a resource-rich web site with instructional materials covering 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. 

Preservation Hall also has song lessons that pair well with our recommended song list. The lessons have incredible media and resources, all written by Preservation Hall musicians.

In years past, Preservation Hall has graciously offered to band directors who want personal instruction for their students, to send the 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. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not offer these clinics this year, but hope to resume in the future in a healthier environment.

Questions? Contact the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation by calling (504) 558-6103, or sending an email to kia@jazzandheritage.org.

COVID safety:

The Jazz and Heritage Foundation will follow protocol established by the CDC, OSHA and Louisiana and City of New Orleans Health Department guidelines. At this time the CDC and OSHA have advised that mandatory face coverings are required, regardless of vaccination status. In addition, we are requiring the following, based on the city mandates:

·Evidence of having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine that has received full approval or emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration or the WHO.


·Negative Test Results within the past 72 hours

As the event nears, we will update you on the current COVID guidelines.

Band directors are asked to complete the brief application form below. 

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