Now he is playing on a B&S Challenger II
New Orleans, LA – the French Quarter Festival program started on a high note, when representatives of the New Orleans Jazz Institute and UNO Jazz Studies program judged four National High School Senior trumpet players for the inaugural “Seeking Satch” competition at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.
The New Orleans Jazz Institute’s partner, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra provided the trophies for the winners. “Through our work with the Jazz Institute at UNO, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra is on a focused mission to increase the number of students that study jazz in our city.” said Ronald Markham, CEO & President of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
Terry Gibson Jr., New Orleans trumpeter and High School Senior at Warren Easton H.S. won grand prize for his highly spirited rendition of “St. James Infirmary”. Gibson has been recommended for a full four year ELLIS MARSALIS scholarship by the UNO Jazz Studies program, pending his admittance to the University of New Orleans. The Warren Easton marching band member won also a trip to Bonn, Germany in late May, to be a featured performer at the “Keep New Orleans Music Alive” benefit concert in the Bundeskunsthalle, the
official museum of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Three other High School Seniors, including Hasani Arthur from Brooklyn, New York, Jonathan Richardson of Gautier, Mississippi and Jacob Dupre of Baton Rouge, Louisiana additionally won scholarships to study Jazz at University of New Orleans.
“Watching these four young trumpeters play with such determination and confidence reminded me that the next Louis Armstrong is among us.” said Irvin Mayfield, contest judge and Artistic Director of the New Orleans Jazz Institute.