September 9, 2006
Southern’s “Human Jukebox” Adds 22 Women
Source: Black College Wire
By: Lisa East
Twenty-two female musicians joined the Southern University Marching Band, affectionately known as “the Human Jukebox,” this semester, the most the band has ever had.
The new members bring the number of women to 24: Eleven clarinet players, six piccolo players, three on trumpet, two on saxophone players, one tuba player and one on cymbals.
Lawrence Jackson, the band director, attributed the increase to a desire for the band to build up its woodwind section.
Jackson said women were never prohibited from joining the band. “That would have been unlawful,” he said.