Holiday TV Program Focuses on Relief Effort

Holiday TV Program Focuses on New Orleans Effort

Berklee volunteers working in the Big Easy are profiled in July 4th show.

A recent volunteer mission by Berklee staff members to build homes in New Orleans will be featured in the TV special American Spirit on WBZ-TV's Fourth on 4 programming, July 4 at 7:00 p.m. The Boston CBS affiliate's hour-long special will include interviews with and video footage shot by Roya Nassery, Kris Quinones, and Jason Clinkscales on their week-long construction effort in the Musicians' Village, a Habitat for Humanity development in the New Orleans's Upper Ninth Ward. When complete, the village will feature 70 single-family homes for musicians and other residents who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The centerpiece of the Habitat project will be the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, dedicated to the education and development of homeowners and others who will live nearby.

American Spirit will also feature Clinkscales performing an original rap he wrote about his experience. In all, eight Berklee staffers headed south, and when they weren't building, they were touring the miles of wreckage that still exists, enjoying the local cuisine and still-vibrant music scene, meeting with New Orleans alumni, and blogging about their experiences at Berklee on the Bayou.


From left, Berklee staff members Kris Quinones, Matt Iorlano, and Catherine Boger find some shade from the New Orleans summer heat as they stuff insulation under the floorboards of a new home in the Musicians' Village.
 Photo by Roya Nassery