Director, Paul Batiste has taught at over 15 schools in New Orleans since 1978. Batiste is a state certified teacher, guitarist, composer, producer and flutist. In 1962, he and his family won first place in the St. Augustine High School Talent Show. In 1965, the family went to New York City for the Apollo Theater Show and won first place. His Mom and Dad had a vision for the arts.
"I am the Chief Creative Officer of the Batiste Brand. If there is a product you are interested in, please call me. I offer personal attention and service. Our products have stood the test of time. Beginning with the family band, since 1971, I have been the administrator of my family's affairs in music. As the sole composer of the Batiste Brothers Band songs, I have written and published more than 30 compositions.
I managed and recorded Jonathan, Jamal and Travis as the Batiste Kids. That act performed every Lundi Gras at the Children's Museum. Now, they are adults-Pharmacist, UNO graduate and Juilliard graduate.
When they performed dates, they were acompanied by my mother and father's great grand children.
The Batiste Band's first recording of "Starlite" took place in 1976. That session included family members and non-family members. The family members were David, Michael, Peter and Russell. Later, David's other son Damon joined us in the studio for additional recordings.
By 1978, Damon and Russell would become members of the Batiste Brothers Band. The Band's world tour would include-with all of these member-Japan.
Peter's children performs regularly with the Batiste Brothers Band. They are Quanna and her children. Peter, Jr. is a rapper. Also, Micheal's son, Lil Mike is a rapper. I am proud to say, I have performed at the Jazz Fest with every one of these excellent musicians as their leader.
Prior to that, and starting in 1962, my Dad and John would managed David and the Gladiators. After that, David managed the Gladiators. When I returned from the U.S. Army in 1971, my mother asked me the to manage the Gladiators, and I did until 1975. When the Gladiators broke up. My mom and the family developed Dynasty-Batiste Brothers Inc.to release our first album. The "Freeze" Album is a collector's item.
Paul A. Batiste Conservatory of the Arts, Inc. will use the $2,000.00 grant to buy equipment and supplies to archive and convert videos, photographs and movies into hard drives.
I am developing media in the form of audio, digital, tape, CD, DVD, etc. I am using media to Teach, Lecture, Mentor etc. I have taught music at Orleans Parish Schools and surrounding areas for decades. At Paul A. Batiste, we are presenting helpful media to continue streaming and broadcasting to the public. My former students includes five time grammy winner Jon Batiste whom I started with the Batiste Kids at a very young age. We have also help send students to the White House. Quote from the Times Picayune: “The cast and crew later participated in a q and a with the students and Rachel Goslins, the director of the President's Committee on the Arts."
I founded the Batiste Brothers Band/Batiste Family® in the seventies. We founded the Gladiators in 1962. My experience can further give hope to our youth and struggling adults.
"This book needs to get in the hands of oprah because this book is a book of hope, family, love, togetherness, etc. all the things that need to inspire people and so much positivity.
This is the kind of thing we as a people need to see. Something to give us a heads up instead of down toward distruction. Keep up the excellent work and I support you 100%. You are an example of good people and you can't help but support and admire good people. You are what I call a Gentle Giant."
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