'Human Jukebox' to perform at HS football game
BATON ROUGE - Southern University's world-renowned "Human Jukebox" Marching Band is scheduled for a performance at a Baton Rouge area high school football game for the first time in history when McKinley Senior High School meets Scotlandville Senior Magnet School on Friday night.
While the cross-town rivalry is expected to draw a huge crowd to Memorial Stadium for the 7 p.m. kickoff, the inclusion of the legendary 220-member band and the Dancing Dolls should swell the attendance figure even further.
"This is very rare," said SU's Director of Bands, Nathan Haymer. "We've never done this before locally. We did perform for a high school game in Atlanta in 2012."
Haymer says the performance, which includes a halftime show that is certain to captivate, is part of an effort by the band to promote community unity.
"It is more important than ever before for us to be involved in our community," Haymer said. "We want to bring Southern University to the world, one community at a time. What better way to start than to support the biggest high school rivalry in Baton Rouge."
The band also has connections to the teams that will take to the field as past members of the SU Marching Band have been Scotlandville and McKinley alumni. In fact, two members of this year's version of the SU Dancing Dolls are graduates of McKinley High.
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