"Trombone Shorty" Joins All-Star Lineup for Official Kickoff of National School Choice Week

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 event will feature The Temptations, Ellis Marsalis, and Trombone Shorty, among other performers, kicking off National School Choice Week 2012.

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews will perform at the National School Choice Week kick-off event in New Orleans, Louisiana, event organizers announced today. The event will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Lakefront Arena on the campus of the University of New Orleans, and there is no cost to attend.

Andrews is a trombone and trumpet player and native of the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans’ 6th Ward. His album Backatown was nominated for the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Since 2009, Andrews has played in the band Orleans Avenue.

“With the addition of Trombone Shorty, what was already going to be a fantastic celebration just became even more extraordinary,” said Andrew Campanella, vice president of public affairs for National School Choice Week. “We are excited and grateful that he will join the thousands of other performers, public figures, teachers, elected leaders, parents, and children this Saturday calling for better educational options for America’s children.”

The performance will be part of a blockbuster party, also featuring The Temptations, Ellis Marsalis – with whom Andrews will perform a duet – and thousands of participants from across the country.

Three additional groups will perform at the event. The Dragon Master Showcase break dancers, recently featured on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” will perform along with the famed “Marching 100” band from New Orleans’ St. Augustine High School and their female counterparts from Xavier University Preparatory High School’s band.

Dozens of schools from across Louisiana will bring students to the celebration, and individual attendees are also welcome. (RSVPs requested at http://www.SchoolChoiceKickoff.com). School choice advocates from across the country are expected to travel to Louisiana to participate.

National School Choice Week (January 22-28, 2012; http://www.SchoolChoiceWeek.com) provides an unprecedented opportunity, every January, to shine a spotlight on the need for better education options for all children. Planned by a diverse and nonpartisan coalition of individuals and organizations, National School Choice Week spotlights great schools of all sorts – from public schools, to public charter schools, private schools, virtual schools, and homeschooling.

To learn more, visit http://www.SchoolChoiceWeek.com.

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