Another young musician acting in TREME

December 29, 2011

Last year Jaron "Bear" Williams played a role in HBO's Treme. The young Roots of Music trumpeter featured in The Whole Gritty City played the part of, well, a young trumpeter in a marching band. In the upcoming season Jaron will appear again, and so will Jazz Henry, another member of The Roots of Music featured in our film. This year, in real life, Jaron joins his brother Diggy in The O. Perry Walker High School Marching Band, under the direction of the legendary Wilbert Rawlins Jr. (also featured in our film).

The Whole Gritty City will be released by the end of the coming spring. We'll announce the details as soon as we know.

Rough Cut Feedback Screening at Filmwax

October 02, 2011

A big thank you to the Filmwax film series, Adam Schartoff and The Fifth Estate for hosting a very useful feedback screening for The Whole Gritty City rough cut last night. And thanks to those who came and shared your thoughts. Another step in making this an even stronger film.

Bruce Davenport Jr's Artworks in September Harper's

August 23, 2011

Bruce Davenport Jr's artworks celebrating New Orleans high school marching bands are featured in three pages of the September issue of Harper's Magazine. One piece on the first page is printed upside-down. It's a mistake, but it could be seen as a distress signal for band programs that the school system has been weakening and destroying with budget cuts for the last couple of decades.

Latest on "Treme"

May 16, 2011

HBO's Treme is starting to catch up with the backstory of The Whole Gritty City. The musician character Antoine Battiste is starting to work as an assistant music teacher and band director at a New Orleans school. And at the end of the last episode, the shocking news came through that Dinerral Shavers had been shot and killed. Shavers, the snare drummer for The Hot 8 Brass Band, had just started a new marching band at L.E. Rabouin High School. He was killed just a week before the instruments began to arrive. He was so beloved by the young band members that in honor of his dream for them, they pushed past their grief and figured out how to play their instruments and march in the Mardi Gras parades less than two months later. 

Another character in Treme, the "sissy bounce" rapper Katey Red (played by (her)self) was actually the coach of the Rabouin High School majorettes. He had secretly taught himself baton twirling as a boy, and was in great demand among high school majorette squads.