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Louis Armstrong: A Musical Genius

Louis Armstrong, who was born in New Orleans in 1901, was an amazing trumpet player, a terrific composer, and an all-around entertainer. He didn’t just play the trumpet, he also put on a show for his audience. People loved to watch Armstrong perform, and he became one of the most important figures in the entire history of jazz music.

Louis grew up in a tough neighborhood, and his family had very little money. But he didn’t let poverty or hopelessness slow himself down. Instead, he just kept practicing, and he made the most of his God-given abilities. That’s why Louis Armstrong is still admired as a true American original and a towering musical genius.

Louis Armstrong Playing Trumpet
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Advice from Notable Musicians

“Play from your heart.”
Louis Armstrong

“If you love life, life will love you back.”
Arthur Rubenstein

“There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going.”
Beverly Sills

“Do something worth remembering.”
Elvis Presley

“It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.”
Ella Fitzgerald

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About Louisiana

It’s a Fact:The capital of Louisiana is Baton Rouge. The largest city in Louisiana is New Orleans, which happens to be the Louis Armstrong’s hometown.

It’s a Fact: The abbreviation for Louisiana is LA.

It’s a Fact: The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, which is a bridge in Louisiana, is 24 miles long. It’s the longest bridge over water in the world.

It’s a Fact: New Orleans is known as the jazz capital of the world.

It’s a Fact: The entire state of Louisiana was part of the Louisiana Territory that the United States purchased from France in 1803. So, it’s not surprising that French influence can still be found throughout the state.

More Fun Facts

Fun Fact: The capital of Greece is Athens.

Fun Fact: Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States. A picture of Jackson is on a twenty-dollar bill..

Fun Fact: The planet Saturn has 53 moons that they’ve discovered so far (but they’ll probably discover more).

Fun Fact: The earth has seven big areas of land called continents. The seven continents are: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica.

Fun Fact: Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the same as 100 degrees Celsius.

Fun Fact: The 4th book in the Mystery Ryder Series is calledThe Mystery of the Missing Mystery. It’s s a story about a stolen manuscript. A manuscript is an early version of a book, before it gets published.

Questions and Answers
Just for fun,
see if you can answer these questions.
Did Louis Armstrong play the piano, the guitar, the trumpet, or the harmonica?
He played the trumpet.
Is the capital of capital of Louisiana New Orleans or Baton Rouge?
The capital of Louisiana is Baton Rouge. New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana.
Does Saturn have 10 moons, 27 moons, or 53 moons?
It has 53 moons that we know of. They’ll probably discover more.
Which president's picture is on the $20 bill?
Andrew Jackson’s picture is on the twenty-dollar bill.
Write Your Own Story

If you have time, you can right a story of your own.

Here are some story ideas you can choose from.

Story Idea #1: Write your own story about the amazing life of Louis Armstrong.


Story Idea #2: You can write your own story about the state of Louisiana.

To help you write a great story, we have some helpful hints and timely tips.

Today's Ryder Riddle
Here's a riddle for you:
How do you fix a tuba?
With a tuba glue.
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