Funktoberfest helps raise money for Louisiana's future musicians

PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - Pineville Junior High School's band doesn't just look good, trumpet player Ebony Blow said it sounds good too.

"It sounds way better than last year, I mean it sounds way better and everything," Blow said.

The school received shiny, new instruments thanks to a grant from the Tipitina's Foundation.

"We received three tubas, a tenor saxophone and a brand new set of four timpani," said Band Director James Lormand.

Which when purchased brand new, usually have a hefty price tag.

"Anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000 in total," Lormand said.

Saxophone player Oren Lutz is mostly happy he won't have to stop to fix his instrument anymore.

"It's a relief because I'm used to having to put up with my sax not working, and I have to fix it during practice time and stuff," Lutz said. "So, it saves a lot of time and it sounds good too."

Over the last few years, Funktoberfest, a local outdoor music festival, has raised $22,000 for the foundation.

Funktoberfest Music Producer Matt Ranson said seeing the students enjoying their instruments makes it all worth it.

"To know that we are able to make a difference in our community and seeing the joy that these kids faces," Ranson said. "We are trying to raise the next generation of musicians so we can keep having Funktoberfests."

Lormand said his band is now in tip top shape.

"We are ready to go, ready to keep on growing," Lormand said.

But, Lutz just can't wait to show everyone what they've been working on.

"We've done all our football songs and we are also starting our fall concerts, and it still sounds pretty good," Lutz said.

The third annual Funktoberfest kicks off this Saturday at Spirits. If you are interested in attending visit

If you are interested in applying for a Tipitina's Foundation grant, you can visit the same link and click the "Get Involved" tab.

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