It doesn’t take much to attract a musician to New Orleans. Just ask guitarist and 2013 graduate George Wilde, who says a quality education from Tulane University and a wealth of opportunities to work on the local music scene made the choice a no-brainer.
George Wilde, a 2013 graduate, is making strides on the local music scene. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)
As a first-year student, Wilde
quickly got into the rhythm of New Orleans music by learning the local hotspots. One of his favorites became Frenchmen Street
, which he frequented on the weekends.
The self-proclaimed jazz and funk enthusiast enrolled in as many music courses as possible while completing those required for a philosophy degree. His only wish today is that the recently implemented Musical Cultures of the Gulf South
major had been around when he started.
Through a course called Writing the Profile taught by Tom Sancton
came the opportunity to profile Khris Royal
, a New Orleans-born reeds player who, at just 24 years old, was preparing to release his first album with his alternative-funk and jazz-fusion band, Dark Matter.
Wilde was in his element.
During the last three years, Wilde made a name for himself in the local music community through gigs with his band
made up of all Tulane students and through event organizing, which he hopes will blossom into a full-time career.
“I hope to one day be the source for booking bands on a sliding pay scale,” says Wilde. “A lower-cost student jazz trio could be perfect for a small gathering and the cost would be more to hire professionals, of course.”
He’s already begun working toward making his business idea a reality, having booked musicians for events at the Bea Field Alumni House and other places around campus.
To date, Wilde’s resume includes tutoring for Tulane public service partner Roots of Music
, an internship with the Trombone Shorty Foundation
and an internship-turned-job at the historic Preservation Hall