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Trombone Shorty’s Toys from Troy event is today at Warren Easton High School

Trombone Shorty adjusts the mic for a saxophonist in the Trombone Shorty Academy band at Tipitina’s on Thursday. The event, Toys for Troy, provided gifts for the toy drive today at Warren Easton High School. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Trombone Shorty Foundation celebrates in the holiday spirit today at Warren Easton High School. The Toys from Troy event features Santa Claus, the Trombone Shorty Academy players, a toy giveaway and more.

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, internationally renowned trombonist and Warren Easton graduate, returns to his alma mater annually to host the event, now in its third year.

Some of the toys were collected at the Tunes for Toys concert held Thursday, Dec. 19, at Tipitina’s. For the price of one unwrapped toy, fans saw the Hot 8 Brass Band, the New Breed Brass Band and the Trombone Shorty Academy band.

The Trombone Shorty Academy, featured at today’s event, educates the next generation of New Orleans jazz musicians at the Jazz & Heritage Foundation. The curriculum, curated by Trombone Shorty and Trombone Shorty Foundation Executive Director Bill Taylor, is modeled on Danny Barker’s legendary program at the Fairview Baptist Church.

Toys from Troy will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Warren Easton, 3019 Canal St.  One complimentary gift will be provided for each child to their parent or guardian on a first-come, first-served basis while the supply of toys lasts. And, of course, all guests will receive holiday treats and entertainment. For more information, see the event Facebook page.

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews signs copies of his children’s book during the 2018 Toys From Troy event at Warren Easton. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com file photo)
Loreal Bart, left, senior at Warren Easton High School, paints Dillon Dixon’s face at the second annual Toys from Troy on Dec. 21, 2018. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com file photo)
Bella and Trumaine Nelson, right, pick out a toy during last year’s Toys From Troy. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com file photo)
A band from the Trombone Shorty Academy performs during the Toys from Troy event at Warren Easton in 2018. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com file photo)

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