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Jazz band leader files $100m lawsuit against rap stars over 'illegal sampling'

New Orleans musician Paul Batiste accuses artists including T-Pain, Rick Ross and DJ Khaled of stealing his band's music

On the rights track … T-Pain, one of the defendants named in Paul Batiste's suit. Photograph: Michael Caulfield/Getty Images North America

The leader of a New Orleans jazz band has filed a $100m (£64m) lawsuit against some of rap's biggest names, accusing T-Pain, Rick Ross and DJ Khaled of illegally sampling their music. Paul Batiste alleges that the rappers and their labels "wrongfully copied nearly every song" in the Batiste Brothers Band's decades-old catalogue.

Lawyers for Batiste filed his lawsuit in US district court last week. Court papers also named the rappers Ace Hood and Pitbull, as well as almost every major hip-hop label and publishing company, including Cash Money, Fueled By Ramen, RCA Records, Universal, Sony/ATV, Def Jam, Zomba, WB Music and EMI Blackwood. According to documents obtained by AllHipHop, the defendants "have released an immense number of songs infringing upon [Batiste's] catalogue … poach[ing] beats, lyrics, melodies and chords".

Founded in 1976, the Batiste Brothers Band describe themselves as "a major influence on the current New Orleans jazz scene". Certainly the Batistes are one of Louisiana's most important musical families, and until recently one of the state's top arts schools bore the Batiste name. Batiste siblings and children have had connections to groups including the Meters, David and the Gladiators, George Clinton, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Wynton Marsalis and Prince.

In addition to copying musical content, some defendants even stole song titles, claim lawyers for Paul Batiste: four rap songs, Freeze, Download, Overtime, and Boom, "have the same or nearly identical titles to [Batiste]'s songs, Freeze, Download My Love, Overtime and Bam There You Have It". And because many of the allegedly infringing songs have been released several times, Batiste's complaints begin to balloon: "Each release constitutes an independent act or acts of infringement." Hence the $100m in damages.

Because there isn't much Batiste Brothers Band music available online, it's difficult to get a quick sense of the legitimacy of the group's complaint. But a short listen to Batiste's synthy 1999 song Sportsman's Paradise does indicate a certain similarity to the 2008 T-Pain single Freeze.

Over the past 25 years Batiste has already fought several lawsuits concerning the unauthorised sampling of his compositions, including litigation against PM Dawn, Miller Beer and the Rebirth Brass Band, all of which were settled out of court. "Lawsuits are not fun," he wrote on his website. "The litigations took a toll and frustrated our efforts to grow in the music industry … They take up all your time and the results are sometimes little, but we had no choice but to claim what is ours."

The defendants have yet to issue a statement on this case.

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Batiste Cultural Arts Academy will be renamed, stay in ReNEW network, CEO says

Students from Batiste Cultural Arts Academy,a charter school that will change names next week, play some of the new instruments they received thanks to a $25,000 donation from Fidelity Investments and the Fidelity FutureStage arts education program in 2010. (The Times-Picayune archive)
Danielle Dreilinger, NOLA.com | The Times-PicayuneBy Danielle Dreilinger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
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on May 23, 2013 at 5:06 PM, updated May 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Batiste Cultural Arts Academy will change its name to ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy on Wednesday, the chief executive of the ReNEW charter school network said. ReNEW runs fiveNew Orleans charters in the Recovery School District.

Announcements had appeared on Facebook and several websites that the Irish Channel school not only was leaving the ReNEW network but also was moving to the campus of Coghill, a recently chartered elementary in Gentilly, with directions for people to call or email Paul Batiste, a member of the famed musician family, for information. But ReNew CEO Gary Robichaux on Thursday described the situation as a tussle over naming rights, saying Paul Batiste's attorney called about a month ago to demand $200,000 in exchange for the Batiste name.

Robichaux declined. "We can't use state taxpayers' dollars to honor someone on the side of a building," he said.

The ReNew network had in fact already received permission from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to change the school's name in an effort to unify names across the network, Robichaux said. The arts-integrated curriculum will remain the same, and Damon and David Batiste still work for ReNEW. Paul Batiste left ReNEW's employ around October 2012, Robichaux said.

David Batiste said he had retained a lawyer to challenge Paul for the rights to use the family name. Neither Paul Batiste nor the staff at Coghill immediately responded to requests for comment.

On May 29, 2013, Batiste Cultural Arts Academy® is LEAVING ReNew at Live Oak.  For information Contact:  Paul Batiste 504-738-3040 and paulbatiste@aol.com
To the students and parents:  We love you and have been proud to spend the last three years with you.  We wish you continued success.  Keep up the good work and God Bless You!    -Mr. Paul Batiste-
Obama tells New Orleans students to 'dream big'

Bruce Alpert, NOLA.com | Times-PicayuneBy Bruce Alpert, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune 
on February 13, 2013 at 2:38 PM, updated February 13, 2013 at 3:41 PM

WASHINGTON - "Dream big. Don't aim low, aim high."  That was the message First Lady Michelle Obama delivered Wednesday to 80 Middle School students, including 22 from New Orleans. "You have to prepare your minds and your bodies for greatness," Mrs. Obama said at the ornate State Dining Room at the White House. 

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For now, she told the students, their main job, as she regularly reminds her two daughters, "is to go to school, do your homework everyday."

The New Orleans contingent was from Batiste Cultural Arts Academy, one of eight schools nationally chosen for a two-year federal Turnaround Arts program designed to show how involvement in the arts can boost grades, graduation rates and civil engagement.

The First Lady told the students that in addition to working hard at school, they need to read everything "you can get your hands on."

"That's one of the things that President Obama does - he reads everything. He reads all the time. You have to read, read, and read again," Mrs. Obama said.

The First Lady told the students if they work hard, and get a little encouragement along the way, they will have great opportunities.

"The truth is that I know that I wouldn't be where I am today, and I know that my husband, President Obama, wouldn't be where he is today if he hadn't gotten that kind of inspiration from somebody in our lives. We wouldn't be who we are today without all these people who pushed us and believed in us and gave us opportunities to learn and grow and fulfill our potential. We wouldn't be here."

The students watched the Academy Award nominated film, "Beasts of the Southern Wild," and Mrs. Obama signaled how she'd vote if given the chance. The inspiring story of how a six-year-old girl helped her family overcome tremendous obstacles in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, is one of the "most powerful and most important" films in a long time, Mrs. Obama said.

"It shows us the strength of our communities, no matter what they look like," Mrs. Obama said. "It shows us that these communities can give us the power to overcome any kind of obstacles. And it also tells a compelling story of poverty and devastation, but also of hope and love in the midst of some great challenges."

The cast and crew later participated in a q and a with the students and Rachel Goslins, the director of the President's Committee on the Arts.

The Batiste students were excited about the chance to meet Mrs. Obama, as well as the star of the inspirational movie, Quvenzhane Wallis, who plays six-year-old Hushpuppy. Hushpuppy, the movie's heroine.


"It was great," said Gary Robichaux, executive director of the charter management organization, ReNew, which operates Batiste. "We got to meet with the First Lady. We just watched the president land in his helicopter from his trip (to North Carolina). And we even got to see Bo (the Obama's dog) play on the front lawn of the White House. Very cool."

The students were excited.

"I know New Orleans has a lot of negative things going on, and this is a chance to see something positive," said Algernon Jacques, 12, a 7th grader.

Algernon got the advice from Mrs. Obama he sought on "how to do well in life."

Paul Batiste, founder of the Batiste Brothers Band who helped found the school located at the former Live Oak Elementary School, said he's thrilled the students had a chance to meet the First Lady and get a behind-the-scenes look at America's most famous house.

"I can't tell how excited I am that our students are getting this opportunity," Batiste said. "The students have come a long way."



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                 Chapter seven

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The nineties and later were volatile with lawsuits where we sued for and got the copyrights returned to “Funky Soul.”  The lawsuit verses P.M. Dawn, Isaac Bolden, Island Records Ltd, and others took seven years for them to settle. 

    Along with that one, I sued Miller Beer for “It’s On (The Jam is on)/”Jamizon” and they settled.  It was a very stressful lawsuit.  It lasted for years and it took a toll on me.

    After that, I was listening to the radio and heard another one of my songs.  Only this time it was a brass band version.  The “(Gon’ be Dat) New Orleans Music” lawsuit was settled in 2008 and the Mardi Gras Records, Rebirth Brass Band version of “New Orleans Music” was returned to me.  

    As the idea popped into my head, I composed “New Orleans Music” in 1984.  I noticed that there was nothing to describe the city’s music.  There were terms like “Dixie Land Jazz” and “Traditional.”  Consequently, there was nothing specific to New Orleans, so I thought about the title and melody for a song.  Mardi Gras Records and Rebirth Brass Band had recorded the song without my permission and were sued for copyright infringement.  Not to be mistaken for sueing because someone used the name “New Orleans Music” in a song.  Names are trademark issues.  Lawsuits of this nature is about the underlining melody and accompanying music.

Ideas from the Holy Spirit

I feel, I have a gift to be able to compose songs.  It starts with hearing in my imagination a “hook” that’s complete with words and music.  The rest is composition with form, repetition and contrast.  I don’t write unless it comes to me from inspiration.  

    Lawsuits are not fun.  They take up all your time and the results are sometimes little, but we had no choice but to claim what is ours.  The litigations took a toll and frustrated our efforts to grow in the music industry.  Our music is infringed on all over the world.  A rap group in France (Supreme NTM) sampled “Funky Soul” and we never got a cent from it.  It makes you not want to put music out there for fear of someone stealing it, but I continue to publish because I love to create and perform.  In the meantime, I was sequencing and recording using keyboards and drum machines.  The method used was to record tracks in the Kurzweil keyboard and Roland drum machine.  I took the tracks to Festival Recording Studio and dumped the tracks to ADAT tapes.  Using sequencers, I was able to synchronize and record all tracks of eight songs.  


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As witnessed by my book—on occasion—I have something to say.  The book I wrote, proves that there is much to talk about.  However, I’m not the one to talk about it—so I thought.  After many years of people telling me to come from behind the scenes and carry the torch.  Meaning, they thought I should be the spokes person for The Batiste Family®.  Well, the time has come for me to except the responsibility of speaking out.  I once said I don’t like to speak and was told I missed my calling.  That’s not a compliment.  

It’s a calling to try to help others by speaking for them.  Today, I want to speak for the Arts.  I have many pages of background speaking for the Arts.  Still, there’s much to be done.  Now, I discovered, I can use the “Pen.”  I don’t consider myself a writer, but I find myself expressing myself through the Arts and writing is another great form of the Arts.

Therefore, from time to time, I will be writing a Newsletter.  I don’t have a format or schedule to write to you, so it’ll take some time for this to become organized.

The subject today—as always—is family.  I have spent many years and words selling the idea of “Family.”  Somehow, I don’t see enough credit going to “Family.”  In 1982, I wrote, “It’s All About the Family.”  It’s a great song, but it seems it didn’t get the attention it should have gotten.  When I conceived it, I thought it would become a million seller.  When it didn’t become an all time favorite, I knew how hard the battle would be.  Nonetheless, I continue to struggle with the concept of total family involvement.  It’s been a mission of mine to show what happens when everyone sticks together.  

Until now, I have had total involvement of the entire Batiste Family®.  I have been complimented on how, I was able to keep them together since 1971.  After decades of trying to hold on to family members, “Times Have Changed.”

Today, I’m announcing the departure of “David Batiste and Damon Batiste” from the Batiste Brothers Band®/The Batiste Family®.  I wish them good luck in there endeavor to “Go Solo.”  Though, I understand the pressures of life to move forward, I will miss their presence on stage with The Batiste Family® and Batiste Brothers Band®.

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Paul A. Batiste

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There are those who would benefit from going “Solo.”  There are great examples of artist who left the pack behind, and I applaud the ambition and talent it takes to go solo.  The hard work and dedication to one’s self for the sake of gain takes tremendous will power.  Now, to clear the air, I must say nothing is wrong with going solo.

In a like manner, there’s nothing wrong with going family.  Family is home.  Though, not always at a house, home can be a city, state, country or a nation.  We all can be a family.  I have written lesson plans, songs and enlisted family members to be family for decades.  It works.  There are many success stories stemming from “home.”  I remember what my college professor once said, “There’s strength in numbers.”  What makes the Batiste Brothers strong is family.  

People love family because they can relate directly to the love.  “Brothers” is “Family” and so are sisters, children and other members.  Even companies can exhibit unity as well as trust.  Organizations have the ability to look sound and feel like everybody belongs.

On the other hand, I know there are differences in missions.  Also, it’s possible for business to come first.  However, if there’s no corruption, then even business can have trust.  

What I’m trying to say is “Keep the Family.”  Those are the lyrics to a song I wrote in 1982.  Decades ago, I knew how difficult my plan for unity among all families would be.  

Let’s keep the hope and desire to be “One” in our goals and missions.  Bands and organization should stick together and try to have the same exclusive members and enjoy the success I have had with keeping the family for 4 decades.


Paul A. Batiste

Newtown, CT..........12/14/12..........

”The american musical family is the cornerstone of the music industry and it has perpetuated the entertainment world. It is the hallmark of an international market.”

-—Paul Batiste—


Chapter five

Batiste Brothers Band®

Dynasty-Batiste Brothers, Inc

In 1976, I founded the Batiste Brothers Band® to establish our own identity and create a home base.  Specifically, we had backed-up King Floyd on the road and when we broke down in North Carolina, we were invited over to the school simply because we were his band, but that wasn’t who we were.  Sure, we were “Side persons,” but we had established ourselves as a musical family.  When we’d open for King, the crowd went wild with excitement.  We’d warm them up to a frenzy.  Naturally, when the star came out, the crowd would grow even more frantic.  They loved the show, but we’d get no credit for the night.  Michael, David and I were the backbone of the night.  From rehearsals to equipment and transportation, my family took most of the tasks.  There were several reasons the Gladiators broke up, but the most important reason was for me to start a family group with the goal to have family members be players, and the “Band” part of the name would apply to our musician friends in the group.  Family was never meant to exclude other members.  

    The Elm St. Practice room would soon be replaced by my living room.  I set up my front room just as I’d set up the band room on Elm Street-a set of drums, bass amp, guitar amp, keyboards, keyboard amplifiers and a P.A. System.  

    While in college, I learned about having an identity.  Music was undergoing it’s usual transformation.  It was commercial to have a musical family group.  Then, the Isley Brothers, the Brothers Johnson, the Jackson 5 and other musical families existed.

    Besides family groups, there were groups sprouting up all over the country that featured group songs.  Having a love for performing on stage with my family made it that much better.  Being influenced by those family groups as a commercial success story, I recruited all Batiste family members to become a part of a record venture.  It’d be and independent record company to start an industry such as Motown, or early Cosimo Studio recordings in New Orleans.  

    The goal would be to put out a hit record like King Floyd had done.  I thought we could get picked up by a major record company and have the upper hand on a deal.  I was never a fan of getting a record deal because everybody I knew who had one had been messed over.  The important thing would be to negotiate a good deal.  I knew of stories about deals where the producer cut the deal and he was given $150,000.00 to produce the tracks.  The money would go into escrow to be recouped from record sales.  The producer would agree to do an album.  

    I went to Dad with the idea of putting together an independent production and record company.  Besides being a pragmatist, Dad was too consumed with raising seven boys and bringing in the major part of the families income.  Though, Mom had the same tasks, she listened to what I told her about the music business and put up $1,000.00 as her 20% shares to start a record company.  I put up money for 51% of the corporation.     

    It would be called Dynasty-Batiste Brothers Incorporated.  Estella C. Batiste, Paul Batiste, Michael Batiste, Peter Batiste, James Batiste and Thomas Batiste are stockholders for their share of the corporation.  David was not in the corporation because this time we were still separated.  He’d already started another group with his wife and a white guy on guitar.  The guitarist was real good.  He was the first person I saw play harmonics on the guitar.  Later, David would play with the Meters.  He would later go on Saturday Night Live with them.  The Meters would soon break up.  


Batiste Franchise

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  1.   Contact Our Franchise Development Team.  During your initial communication         with us we will answer your questions regarding your interest and what it takes to     be awarded your own Batiste Brand Franchise License.

        B.   Complete and Submit the Confidential Personal Statement and Franchise                                Questionnaire.  This is done through the information package and then mailed to                   our corporate office.

            C.   Schedule a phone meeting with our Franchise Team.  This meeting will allow you                  to speak with the key people behind our success and will be your opportunity to                     evaluate the necessary aspects of owning your own Batiste Brand Franchise.

    Why Franchise?

    Franchising has dramatically grown in popularity.  The International Franchise Association reports that growth in the number of franchised businesses is outpacing any other business growth strategy.

    Why is Franchising so appealing?  One main attribute is an increased likelihood of success.  The international Franchise Association estimates that franchisees have a 90% survival rate over a ten year period, as compared to an 18% survival rate for non franchised businesses.

    Furthermore, with a franchise, you are buying a proven business.  Someone else has already made the mistakes and worked out the system.  When you pay the initial franchise fee and the ongoing royalties, you receive, in return, training, a recognizable brand name, and economies of scale with respect to everything from marketing campaigns to purchases.  This facilitates ease of starting hour practice, accelerates startup schedules, and provides ongoing support and networking opportunities.

    Site Selection

    We are ready to assist you in locating a site for your Batiste Brand License.  We have developed site selection criteria that you can use as a guideline in locating your Venue.  While we do not select the site for you, we will be available to help you based on our experience selecting sites for our own establishment.  We will review your site choices and help you make an evaluation based on building criteria, market area, site characteristic and access.


    Plenty people never consider owning their own business because they are unsure of how to operate it.  With a Batiste Brand Franchise, you don’t have to worry about a thing.  We will provide you with plenty of training for you and your staff.  Our training will cover everything from education to entertainment and the Arts.  That’s not all you will receive.  After completing of our 10 day Professional Development (2 weeks) training course, we will also provide you with on going training as needed.  All you have to do is call.  We will also provide you with phone consultation, should you need it.


    Name your Charter, Private, or Public School "Batiste,"  First in family entertainment and education.  I am the founder and orchestrater.  I can make it happen for you.  I own the federally registered trade name and have the rights to license the name to you.  As the administrator, I will partner the brand with you and your organization.  It's just that simple!!!!  ABC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  CALL ME:  PAUL BATISTE - 504-738 3040  -  THANKS!!!


    Paul A. Batiste Conservatory of the Arts, Inc.

    a non profit with a 501 (c) 3

    Soon, money for the Arts will dry up.  Someone has to take up the slack.  I have been working in the field of the Arts since the sixties.  I have seen many schools, programs and bands come and go.  Together, we can make a difference.  By combining corporate and mainstream, we can provide and economic boost for the entire gulf region and beyond.

    Providing school support services for a generation of under privileged youth will make a better place.  I have worked in the trenches of the Arts for more than 40 years.  I started with teaching my family and moved on to teach thousands of children in the public school system.  Now, I have had the honor to work a new generation of charter schools.  Thru my efforts and help from others like yourself, I have started music programs from scratch.

    I have received donations of instruments from Mr. Holland’s Opus, Music Risen, Tipitina’s, DHL, Dr. Phil Foundation, Iberia Bank, House of Blues Foundation, NAMM, Wives of the American Bar Association, Wal-Mart, Fidelity Future Stage, Musician’s Friend, Katrina’s Piano, and finally, the Batiste Cultural Arts Academy received a grant for Live Oak Elementary School from the President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities for $1,000,000.00.

    Those donations went to start music programs at Sophie B. Wright Charter, Sci Tech Charter, Reed Elementary and Batiste Cultural Arts Academy.

    In 2008, Paul Vallas and RSD signed a Memorandum of Understanding with me and The Batiste Family® to bring the Arts to the District.

    In 2009, Senator Mary Landrieu recognized The Batiste Family® and had a ribbon cutting ceremony at Live Oak Elementary.

    Let us be your ambassador to promote and market you to the communities.  Let us exhibit your goodwill, trust, honesty and expertise.  Over the years, your sponsorship of musical instruments, staffing, supplies, space and materials will help thousands of children for decades to come.

    -Paul A. Batiste-
    President and CEO

    Call Paul at: 504-738-3040

    I am no longer the Band Director for ReNew at Batiste Cultural Arts Academy
    Currently, I have Licensed Batiste to ReNew until May 2013
    Damon Batiste and David Batiste are no longer booking for the Batiste Brothers Band®/The Batiste Family®
    For exclusive attention and booking call:  Paul Batiste (504)738-3040 or paul@batistebrothersband.com

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    Batiste Cultural Arts Academy® is a registered trade name of Paul A. Batiste doing business as Batiste Family International School®


    Welcome to the Batiste Brand Hub.  Here, you can get up to date information on all Batiste Brand Events.  Call:Paul @ 504-738-3040
    School band practice: Monday, June 18, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.

    Space Station was written and direction by Paul Batiste
    all songs by the Batiste Brothers were produced and arranged by Paul Batiste

    As the only member of The Batiste Family®  in Louisiana who has a degree in education, I am chosen to  look after the interest of the musical family.  My mother who passed away in 2007, left me with the responsibility of leadership:

    Excerpts from “Memoirs of Paul A. Batiste"

    Chapter four

    Vietnam era veteran 

    Band Leader

    When I returned from the military in 1971, my Mom asked me to manage the Gladiators. 

    It was because I always listened to what my mother said that I started to 

    manage the band, and not some selfish reason or desire to be in charge.  If Mom said it, I did it. She always managed our affairs to keep us safe. My Mom was the classic Mom.  She kept an eye on everything we did. When we played the “Whitey’s-Devil’s Den” on Banks, Mom spoke to the Club owner and inquired what took place the nights we played.  The Club owner told her what he thought of me, so I started booking and continued to direct and arrange the music.  Some of the things I did was buy sound equipment, a van for transportation and use my apartment to rehearse.  Before the seventies, equipment was small. I could remember doing a gig with one Sears Silvertone amplifier for everything including the microphone, keyboard, bass and Silvertone lead guitar.   Also, by the time I returned, the band didn’t have a horn section.

    Times were changing and rhythm sections were becoming popular. Music was ever evolving and now we would require a large Public Address System. We were one of the first to buy a JBL system with eighteen inch woofers with horns, tweeters and mid range speakers.  This was because we had my brother, Michael, who studies electronics. I delegated authority to members of the family. I looked at what each member did well and gave them an assignment.  David was good with the microphone, so I made him the spokes person.  Later, when Peter would join the band, I worked with him on the band account.

    Everyone was good at something.  To improve our vocals, I hired vocalist. The female vocalist was a good addition to the band for the sound I was trying to develop. I wanted a group sound.  In the sixties and seventies self contained groups were not the norm. One of the first groups that sang and played the instrument at the same time was the Beatles.   The group from England took America by storm.

    The excerpts from my book tell a story about how I became the leader of the Batiste family musical group.


    The book is the story of my life-destined to serve

    If you are an aspiring teacher, band director, band leader, classroom music teacher, special education teacher, professional guitarist, flutist, composer, arranger, independent record producer, record promoter, promoter, independent record label, sequence programmer, home studio engineer, song writer, booking agent, photographer or a novice, you should read this book. I’m not all of those things, but I have seen them. Over a period of decades, I’ve experienced some things that may help someone. I am a teacher and band director. I have developed skills which combine methods and techniques to conform to today’s advanced students.

    As a band director, I have started music programs from elementary school to high school. In addition, I have routinely started band pro- grams from scratch. Also, I have licensed Batiste, partnered with a charter school and applied for a charter school. Having taught my first class in 1978, I witnessed the evolution of education in New Orleans and the United States. Conversely, I’ve seen some great traditions in education disappear. This book gives one a great insight on where education is now and where it is headed.

    As a band leader, I have managed the Batiste Brothers Band® and others for decades and we have performed nationally and internationally. However, we are a local band. I have spent most of my performing career in Louisiana.

    Another vanishing great set of values are described and examined is the American Musical Family. In this book, we will explore value systems and the pros and cons of having a musical family.

    Finally, gain from the many challenges of the life of a well traveled and coveted career veteran of innovation and creativity. Read this book and learn the nuances and the “ins and outs” of education and show business. It dawned on me as I was completing the book, I realized it is a good way for me to revisit my wonderful life-a calling.


    Chapter 8

    Afraid to fly
    New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

    We rehearsed Irma’s show for the Treasure Chest Casino at Irma’s Night Club on North Broad in New Orleans. It was difficult for Irma because she was committed to her band, but we gritted our teeth and pushed forward and the gigs were spectacular.

    The movie “Ray” was filmed in New Orleans. Alonzo Bowens contacted me about the job of coach for Terrance Howard on guitar. I went to Metairie, where they had rehearsals. When I got there, I met Wendell Pierce and other actors from the movie. Terrance is an excellent guitarist. It was easy to work with him. However, I declined the job because it would’ve taken me away from my job teach-

    ing, too often.

    At the same time, I was teaching at three schools-New Orleans Center for Creative Arts at Live Oak, Marquis de Lafayette, and Gentilly Terrace. The Literacy program was all over the district. At NOCCA Academy, I was teaching guitar for the IHOBF, at Lafayette, I was starting to recruit band students while holding classes, and at 
    Gentilly Terrace, I taught band. 
    The family played at Jazz Fest and it was another family reunion. Jonathan performed and brought along some of his friends.Trombone Shorty and James Andrews did an impromptu set with the Batiste Brothers Band®. That day, we had one of our largest crowds. I brought the general manager of the Treasure Chest along and she said we had an enough people on stage to have two bands. The crowd was ecstatic.

    During this decade, New Orleans was having such a hard time with crime. Of the most notable crimes was that of the seven year old girl who was shot in the face. The little girl went to Lafayette 
    Elementary. The murders were an affront to the value of life.

    At the start of the 2005-06 school calendar year, I was having a tough time because due to the Literacy program music teachers were told to “hold” classes. The reason the principal—Ms. Carmel Mire— told me to continue teaching band was clear-we’d had so much success with our annual Gentilly Terrace Christmas and Spring Concerts at Benjamin Franklin High School Auditorium until it would be 
    difficult to stop. At NOCCA, we had minor funding from the House of Blues Guitar program and meeting at 7:15 a.m., so we continued.

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