Hurricane Katrina Relief Parade 2005

By 
Brenda Pike
October 7, 2005
Donald Harrison (center) leads the parade down Boylston Street.
Professor emeritus Andy McGhee (left) and Berklee president Roger Brown.
Harrison hands out beads to parade spectators.
Berklee alumnus Christian Scott (left) anchors the horn line.
The marchers and musicians move through Boston's downtown on their way to City Hall Plaza for a concert featuring Berklee bands.
Phil Farnsworth
Phil Farnsworth
Phil Farnsworth
Phil Farnsworth
Phil Farnsworth

On an overcast Sunday in late September, Berklee helped brighten the streets of Boston with some New Orleans spice as alumni, students, faculty, staff, and Berklee president Roger Brown all marched through the city to raise awareness of the college's effort to help musicians displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Part of Boston's 375th anniversary parade, Berklee's version of the traditional second line—the Big Easy's spontaneous parade—was led by two New Orleans-based alumni: saxophonist Donald Harrison and trumpeter Christian Scott. With Harrison and Scott at the helm, along with faculty saxophonist Andy McGhee and President Brown, the day brought attention to the New Orleans Visiting Artist Fund, which will provide financial support to musicians and bring them to Berklee as guest teachers and clinicians. To learn more, check out our photo gallery below and read the pre-parade announcement.