Kevin Louis

Dolores T. Aaron students Ty'ron Martin (left) and Donovan Dubart play trumpet in the school brass band.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

New Orleans’ culture is deeply connected to its music. The city is the birthplace of jazz, and the hometown of many great musicians, from Louis Armstrong to Irma Thomas. Many got their start in public schools. But those training grounds are under threat as schools change and become more focused on test scores in reading and math. Now, a group of veteran New Orleans musicians are trying to do something about it.