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New Orleans Teens Win Berklee Music School Scholarships

I always like to announce good tidings about people in New Orleans. Recently four young musicians from the New Orleans area were awarded full four-year scholarships to attend Berklee College of Music, a non-profit school in Boston. It was a stiff competition with 106 entrants from 36 different cities throughout the United States.

New Orleans Teens Win Berklee Music School Scholarships

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Drummer Darryl Staves             Singer Nicole Anderson          Drummer Raymond Weber

Kiki Haynes, actress in Terry Perry’s upcoming series For Better or Worse on Oprah’s network, was on hand as the co-host to this sparkling concert. There were 17 winners in all and it’s quite an accomplishment for these young people to have received this type of recognition through such a scholarship.

Haynes said “Connecting with an audience through your voice and performance is something that I’ve always believed is key to success. These students have shown me just that, and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to work with Berklee City Music this year.”

New Orleans musicians are respected around the world for their education and creativity and innovation. It’s nice to see these young people on their way to what should be successful lives and successful careers.

And just who are these winners? They are Nicole Anderson, a vocalist from The Roots of Music, and Darryl Staves Jr. and Raymond Weber Jr., drummers from Tipitina’s. Also, from Jefferson, Louisiana, guitarist Hunter Burgamy, of Tipitina’s Foundation, was a winner as well.

Hooray for these young folks. Always nice to see these good people headed toward a bright future.


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