Southern University’s director of bands to retire

Director of Southern University’s “Human Jukebox” Marching Band, Lawrence Jackson, is retiring this summer.

“The best thing is that I’m leaving on my terms. I love everybody, I love Southern University and I have no problems,” he said. “This is the time I have chosen to retire.”

Jackson’s official last day will be July 1. He has been the band director since 2006, after taking over for the late Dr. Isaac Greggs.

“Southern University has been blessed to have Mr. Jackson lead the famed human jukebox and continue the great legacy left by former band directors Dr. Isaac Greggs and Dr. Ludwig Freeman,” said James Llorens Chancellor of Southern University

Under Jackson’s direction, the marching band has maintained the national prominence it  gained under Greggs’ leadership.

At the end of the 2013 football season the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) named its top college marching bands and the Human Jukebox finished second behind The Ohio State marching band.

“To be recognized by the NCAA as the second best band, behind The Ohio State band is one of my highest moments. Ohio State has a million dollar budget and we have a bubble gum budget compared to them,” he said

Jackson played in SU’s band from 1971 to 1975. Nicknamed “Crowley” after his hometown in Louisiana. During that time Jackson won several band awards including, most outstanding, top grade point average and he was a section leader.

Nathan Haymer, Assistant Band Director, has been named the new band director.