Group director Jeanerette receives platinum record
“The platinum record is cool. It’s something most people will never see, but when you change a life a platinum record can’t live up to it. -Tredell Rener
JEANERETTE, Louisiana (KLFY) – A platinum record is just one of the crownings of group principal Jeanerette High School. For the past two years, Tredell Rener has returned to his hometown teaching amateurs how to build careers. One like his, which just brought him a platinum record in May of this year.
“The music industry is cool. I love her to death, but there is a bigger mission here, ”explained Tredell Rener.
For nearly 30 years, his alter ego, Big Tray, has rapped and produced tracks in the music industry. Before the end of that school year, he received his highest honor, a platinum record for the work he orchestrated on the album’s single title Baton Rouge rapper YoungBoy’s “Through the Storm”, Never Broke Again.
But Rener says reaching a million copies sold isn’t what changed his life. It happened in 2019 when her mother called for a position at Jeanerette High and told her he had to fill it.
“I was going to work for a label in California. The last thing I wanted to do was come home, ”admitted Rener.
Embittered in his hometown by the death of his brother who funded and provided Tredell with opportunities early in his career, Mr Rener initially rescinded his mother’s plea, but that night he had a dream and with it a change of mind.
Rener recalls: “4 am, something woke me up and said, ‘Send my resume to Jeanerette. Do my will and I will do my job.
Within hours, the principal of Lycée Jeanerette scheduled an interview and hired him. Rener let record production take a back seat and his work as band director became his new legacy.
“He left everything. As if he had had a great life. As if he had had a huge career, and he came to Jeanerette, and he passed his career on to us, ”shared Jeanerette High Senior Ty’Angel Westley who plays clarinet in the group.
Andre Sonnier, a freshman who takes Rener music production classes in a studio-converted group rehearsal room with Rener’s old equipment, added, “I’ve seen what he can do and that motivated me. You know because it makes me believe that I can do whatever I think about.
Rener said he’s learned that real success isn’t a platinum record, but elevates others to heights they couldn’t reach on their own.
“I’ve been in music all my life but never wanted to be a teacher, and here I teach and I insist on teaching, like I’m serious. Wanting to see these kids do better than I’ve ever done, ”Rener said. “The platinum record is cool. It’s something most people will never see, but when you change a life a platinum record can’t live up to it.
Mr. Rener’s next goal is not a diamond disc, but to bring Jeanerette’s group back to the top. He’s planning a fundraiser soon to put their marching band back into uniform.
You can watch Tredell Rener’s full interview in this KLFY Web Extra: