The Roots of Music is honored to be a 2024 recipient of The Lewis Prize for Music


Darren Rodgers, Jr., is a New Orleans native, an alumni of the St. Augustine Marching 100 band, and a graduate of Talladega College, where he was a member of their prestigious Tornado Marching Band. He is currently teaching at St. Augustine High School, in addition to being the Upper Brass instructor at The Roots of Music. Darren’s overall mission is to motivate, mentor, and educate the youth of New Orleans in hopes of providing important opportunities in music and in life.

We Believe music has the power to transform lives