tipitina's foundation

The New Orleans-based Tipitina’s Foundation is donating band instruments to Bolton High School in Alexandria Thursday as part of its “Instruments a Comin’” music advocacy program. To date, Tipitina’s has donated instruments to 79 schools worth about $2.7 million to band programs, mostly in New Orleans. Tipitina’s Foundation managing director Bethany Paulsen said Bolton will receive a tuba and a euphonium, instruments that can be too costly for a band budget.

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Some teenage Japanese musicians who lost their instruments in the 2011 tsunami are in New Orleans to perform this weekend. It’s part of a cultural exchange run by the Tipitina’s Foundation.

A new 5k run replete with costumes and brass bands will raise money Saturday afternoon to support local high school music programs, and an array of legendary New Orleans musicians will participate in a benefit concert afterward to preserve the family home of Professor Longhair — all presented by the Tipitina’s Foundation.