Deadline approaching for brass band contest

New Orleans, La (AP) - The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation is working to deepen the brass band tradition at Louisiana high schools.

The foundation says few schools have a brass band - five to 12 musicians in the tradition seen at New Orleans second-line parades and jazz funerals.

So the foundation - parent of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival - is holding a contest for schools that have or can quickly create a brass band. The application deadline is March 16. Ten bands will compete March 25 in New Orleans.

Foundation spokesman Scott Aiges said about 10 schools so far have applied. The winning school gets $10,000 in band instruments, with $6,000 for second and $4,000 for third.

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