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Park Hosts Second Annual Trumpet Competition

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

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New Orleans Jazz NHP, working in partnership with the French Market Corporation of the City of New Orleans, hosted the second annual “Seeking Satch” contest Sunday, May 15th, in the French Market District. 

The competition featured seven student trumpet players from grades 8 through 12, who competed for prizes and the title of “the next Louis Armstrong.” Three winners walked away with the promise of local and international gigs, and all were offered the opportunity to perform at the Satchmo SummerFest this August s part of the culminating festival concert known as the “Trumpet Tribute.”

Judges for the contest were trombonist, producer, educator and composer Delfeayo Marsalis and his brother, vibraphonist, drummer and composer Jason Marsalis, both of the internationally renowned Marsalis Family, and visiting German musician, New Orleans music aficionado, and prize sponsor Thomas Gerdiken, known in Germany as “the Prince of New Orleans Piano.”  Gerdiken has been involved in numerous German fundraising concerts and efforts for New Orleans musicians since Hurricane Katrina. 

Youth contestants were asked to play scales, a piece of their own choosing, and a song made famous by Louis Armstrong. Performances ranged from “What a Wonderful World” to “West End Blues” with a few “When the Saints Go Marching In” thrown in for good measure.

The winners were:

  • First Place -- Doyle “Red” Cooper, 18 years old and a senior at New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.
  • Second Place -- John Michael Bradford, 14 years old, eighth grader at Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies.
  • Third Place -- Glenn P. Hall III, 16 years old, eleventh grader at McDonough #35 and New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.

Doyle Cooper was awarded a fully-paid trip to Berlin, Germany, in October -- a trip that will include a special public performance with a twelve piece international band for the festival "Jazz In The Gardens Of The Ministries." While in Germany, he will also be gifted with a personally-engraved B&S trumpet at the B&S factory, valued at $3,000. A personal sightseeing trip through Germany will be organized, including visits to Brandenburg Gate, Autostadt Volkswagon, and a V.I.P. tour of the German Parliament Reichtagsgebäude.

Doyle also wins a paid performance with the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, directed by Delfeayo Marsalis. Second and third prize winners win a performance at New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.

Contest committee members include P.S. McDonough 15 band director Kelvin Harrison, Greg Schatz, music director for French Quarter Festivals, Inc., and Joe Llewellyn, assistant superintendent New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.


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