PAUL BATISTE is the founder of the Batiste Brothers Band® a/k/a The Batiste Family, guitarist, producer and song writer.  The Batiste Brothers Band® is one of New Orleans’ most popular bands.  In 1965, Batiste performed at his first major show at the Apollo Theater.  Furthermore, he has toured in the US and abroad, including three tours of Japan.  He is the composer of the 1982 “Freeze” album, the 1990 “Spice” CD and the 1995 “New Orleans Music” CD, including the 1985 hit single “New Orleans Music” by the Batiste Brothers Band® and later the Rebirth Brass Band.  In addition, Paul is part composer of the 1970 hit single “Funky Soul Part 1 & 2.”  Also, he wrote the songs "World of Blues," "Hip Jazz," "Move That Body," “It’s All About The Family.” “It’s On (The Jam Is On)," and “Jamizon” of Magic.  He has a catalog of more than 100 songs.  The book (Gon' be Dat) New Orleans Music Memoirs of Paul A. Batiste was written and self published by Paul A. Batiste.  Moreover, Paul Batiste has been an educator since 1978.


As a student at SUNO, Paul studied everyone from Bach and Beethoven to artist like Segovia, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Muddy Waters, Howard Roberts, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King and many others.  This planted seeds for developing his own style by combining Classical, Jazz, Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Spiritual, and Funk. 

“Education and Performing Arts are rewarding experiences.  In music, my first teaching/learning environment was with my mother-Estella C. Batiste sat at the piano and taught me how to play the guitar from the guitar book.  Years later, I taught band and family members parts while we learned popular songs to play at gigs.  After college, I began teaching at a high school in New Orleans.  The culture and traditions that exist in different communities, lends itself to a gratuitous teaching and learning experience.  It is a place where there is a “Gumbo” style of music that compliments the wonderful and creative people.  Also, I am a guitarist but I teach and play many different instruments.  Combine that with playing the many different venues and concerts (local, national and international), and it’s a recipe for loving one’s trade." 

Paul A. Batiste is one of seven boys born to John and Estella Batiste.  He is a professional musician, band director, guitar teacher and composer. He is the recipient of the Superintendent's Award, Con Brio (for service to music), the National Elementary Schools Recognition Award and the Wal-Mart 2007 local Teacher of the Year Award.  In addition, his experience in education and the entertainment business spans 40 years. He has been an educator for more than 30 years and 35 years of being a leader of the Gladiators, and more recently, the Batiste Brothers Band who was honored by the Ladies in Red.  Also, he is a veteran of the US Army and former member of the 204 th and 202 nd Military Police Company and he has received the National Defense Medal.  This makes him a knowledgeable and talented asset to the community.

Currently, he is no longer  the band director at Batiste Cultural Arts Academy at Live Oak in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He owns the trade name to the school and the now online service.  He has embarked on an effort that will impact the music industry of Louisiana.  The mission of the Conservatory is to put music education first in the music industry. By strengthening the music departments of our school systems, we strengthen the school system.  The purpose of the Conservatory is to restore, preserve, protect, and support the arts in our schools.  The Conservatory is an educational organization whose goals include replacing band instruments, band uniforms, sheet music materials and supplies lost due to Hurricane Katrina and providing scholarships to music students.

You can help! By making a tax-exempt donation to the Paul A. Batiste Conservatory of the Arts, Inc., a non-profit corporation and a 501(c) 3, you help fund the process of teaching the whole child.  Music is an integral part of the learning process.  Music develops self-esteem, self concept, self awareness, discipline, character, school spirit and a sense of belonging.  In a like manner, it has been proven that it helps with test taking and the overall production of a student's development.

Finally, assist us in placing music instruments in the hands of young people while keeping them away from instruments of destruction. Let's put the Arts in young people's lives.


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