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Former SU band director Isaac Greggs dies

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Posted: Apr 28, 2014 5:01 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Apr 28, 2014 11:12 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: isaac greggs, southern university, obit, human jukebox

BATON ROUGE - Dr. Isaac Greggs, who created the well-known "Human Jukebox" marching band, has died according to Southern University. He was 85 years old.

Greggs served as band director for 36 years before retiring at the end of 2005. He was inducted into the Louisiana Black History Hall of Fame in 2013.

"Dr. Isaac Greggs was a visionary, who created a marching band - the Human Jukebox - that constantly set the standard of greatness for all college marching bands," said SU's Baton Rouge Chancellor James L. Llorens. "He poured his heart and soul into every performance. With Dr. Greggs, perfection was the only outcome he accepted."

SU's current band director, Lawrence Jackson, played under Gregg from 1971 to 1975, and was an assistant and associate band director at SU before succeeding Greggs in 2006.

"A lot of the success we have enjoyed is because of the system that he put in place," Jackson said. "He was my mentor and he taught me a lot about being a band director. I know that he will be missed."

Funeral information is pending.

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