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SU's Glendon Sanders surprises band with donation

11/20/2013

 

What a surprise!

 

During last Saturday's football game between the Jaguars and Clark Atlanta University former band member Glendon Sanders walked into the stands, sat next to Director of Bands Lawrence Jackson and presented him with a $400 donation to the "Human Jukebox."

 

"He looked stunned," said Sanders, a Spring 2013 grad. "I didn't tell him I was doing it."

 

Sanders, now a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, was attending his first game at Southern as regular fan. He had been a trumpet player in the Jukebox since arriving at Southern.

 

Jackson said he was indeed caught off guard by the donation. Sanders came into the band section of A.W. Mumford Stadium after the band had completed its halftime show and sat next to Jackson.

 

"I asked him 'who do I make the money order out to, to make a donation to the band?'" Sanders said, adding that Jackson looked puzzled. He pulled out the money order, wrote out the designee and then handed it to Jackson right in the stands.

 

"Amazing," Jackson said later.

 

"This is remarkable that this young man decided to do this so soon after graduation," Jackson said. "I was surprised and thankful. This donation could make the difference for a band member staying in school in the fall."

 

Davis came to Southern in 2007 from San Antonio, Texas. The New Orleans native moved to San Antonio after his family lost virtually everything in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

 

The spring grad is now back at Southern working on his master's degree in criminal justice.

 

And, this is not Sanders first contribution to the band. While working with the U.S. National Guard, Sanders helped arrange to get the Guard to donate t-shirts to the band.

 

 "I believe it's better to give a blessing than to have a blessing given to you," he said.

 

About the latest donation, Davis said, "It was just something in my heart that I wanted to do."