The Whole Gritty City is a dramatic, music-filled documentary about kids in three New Orleans marching bands. Their band directors get them ready to perform in the Mardi Gras parades, and teach them to succeed and to survive. As the stories unfold, we follow as The Roots of Music prepares for its very first parade season. Through moments of setback, loss, discovery, and triumph, these children and their adult leaders reveal the power and resilience of a culture. A 2016 ALA Notable Video, it was broadcast nationally as a CBS News Special hosted by Wynton Marsalis.