UNO Gets Into the Groove with Tune-In Tuesday

Students danced in the courtyard and staff left their offices to follow the music on Tuesday at the University of New Orleans, where a live brass band helped to celebrate the start of the academic year.

“Well, it was welcome week and we are the University of New Orleans. So I thought a live brass band would be perfect for the occasion,” said Spencer Carter, who helped to arrange the fun. “We thought it would be great for current students, as well as new students who aren’t from here – just to give them a taste of New Orleans, give them a little sample of what the city is like.”

“Tune-in Tuesday” took place at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21 in a courtyard plaza behind UNO’s University Center, where students typically gather to enjoy friendship, coffee and lunch. The event, hosted by UNO’s Student Activities Council (SAC) together with UNO’s Office of Admissions and Office of Student Involvement, helped to launch Welcome Week at the University. The first week of school is also the start of the Privateer Plunge, a six-week welcome for new students. The Privateer Plunge is designed to orient new students to campus resources and help them to meet UNO faculty, administrators, staff and students.

The Stooges Brass Band is a large brass ensemble typical of a New Orleans brass band often seen parading the city  streets with a second line behind them. In April 2011, the Stooges Brass Band won the title of "Best Contemporary Brass Band" at the Big Easy Music Awards. In 2012, the band toured the country, appearing at clubs and famed festival, including: Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, the Utah Arts Festival, Discover Jazz Festival, American Folk Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Great American Brass Band Festival and more.

Ten members performed at Tune-In Tuesday, luring an audience with their unique blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds and contemporary hip-hop beats.

Momentum gathered as the brass band began to play, said Carter, who is entertainment chair of UNO’s SAC. In time, hundreds of faculty, students and administrators passed through the plaza to see the musical performance.

Two of the members – John Perkins and Cameron Johnson -- are UNO students, said Carter, who smiled recalling the performance.

“People who are not from New Orleans they expect to see that. When they think of New Orleans, they think of jazz – and now they see that at their school,” said Joseph Solis, a UNO senior and marketing chair of SAC.  “Now there is an evident connection of the city with the school.”