Lawrence Jackson, Director of Bands
Lawrence Jackson is a graduate of Southern University receiving his Bachelor of Science Degree in Instrumental Music Education and a Master's in School Administration. Further study was done at Vander Cook College of Music in Chicago, IL. In 1976, he was appointed Director of Bands at Clinton High School, as well as responsible for the band programs at Clinton Elementary and Middle Schools. At Clinton High School, he led his band to receive awards of excellence and superior ratings at District IV Concert Band and Solo/ Small Ensemble Festivals; superior ratings and sweepstakes winner at Southern University Concert Band Festival; and superior ratings at the Festival of Champions National Concert Band Festival in Panama City, Florida.
In 1996, after serving as Director of Bands at Clinton High School for 20 years, Jackson accepted a position of Assistant Band Director at Southern University and was later promoted to Associate Director of bands. He has served as adjudicator for marching and concert band festivals throughout Louisiana, Texas and Michigan, and appeared as Guest Conductor and Clinician in Louisiana, Texas, Alabama and Georgia. Appointed Director of Bands 2006, he is one of two staff arrangers in the Band Department and Conductor of the Wind Ensemble. Jackson is also Adjunct Professor of music in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. He is a member of Greater King David Baptist Church where he serves as Director and Conductor of the King David Orchestra.
His Honorary and Professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpa Music Fraternity, and the College Band Director's National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Louisiana Music Educators Association.
Nathan B. Haymer, Assistant Director of Bands
Nathan B. Haymer graduated from Southern University earning a Bachelor Degree in Instrumental Music Education. He later received a Master's Degree in Leadership for Higher Education from Capella University (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and a Plus 30 in Music Education from McNeese State University (Lake Charles). Currently in the final stages of completing his Doctor of Education Degree, Haymer has successfully completed all course work and is in the dissertation phase.
Haymer was appointed Band Director at Washington-Marion Magnet High School (Lake Charles) in the fall of 2001. During his five year tenure at Washington-Marion, he developed a comprehensive band program. His marching bands received numerous first place awards in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee including over $20,000.00 in first place prize money. In addition to his outstanding marching bands, Haymer developed the first concert band in the history of Washington-Marion Magnet High School to perform at the Louisiana Music Educators Association (LMEA) district festival during the 2001-2002 academic year. His Concert Bands and Wind Ensembles received many superior and excellent ratings during 2001-2005 academic years.
Accepting the position of Assistant Director of Bands at Southern University in July of 2006, Haymer's responsibilities include the following:
1. Chief music arranger for the marching band
2. Rehearsing the marching band
3. Supervisor of the dance routine committee
4. Director of the basketball pep band
5. Instructor of the sight-reading and development course
6. Conductor of the symphonic band
7. Assisting the Director of Bands in all other areas of the total program.
Haymer was recently awarded an Endowed Professorship in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and is charged with conducting research and developing innovative strategies that will secure grants and other funding for recruitment and retention. In addition, Haymer teaches Orchestration, Band Arranging, Music Technology and Principles of Teaching Music in Secondary Schools. He is charged with preparing aspiring music educators to become effective teachers in the areas of elementary and secondary education.
Haymer also serves as an adjudicator and clinician to middle and high school bands in various areas of the nation and the Virgin Islands, and is coordinator of the annual Southern University Summer High School Band & Dance Team Camp. His professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon, International Professional Music Fraternity, Music Educators National Conference, Louisiana Music Educators Association and HBCU National Band Directors Consortium.
Haymer was born in Baton Rouge and moved to Gulfport, Mississippi at the age of eight. He graduated from Gulfport High School where he served as a role model band member, an all-state French horn player and the first African American Drum Major for the marching band. Upon attending Southern University, Haymer taught himself to play the trombone and that became his primary instrument for his major. He was also trombone section leader (marching and symphonic bands) and received numerous awards with the highest being the Bandsman of the Year Award during his senior year in the Southern University Marching Band.
Lorenzo Hart, Percussion Instructor
Lorenzo Hart has been a member of the Southern University band staff since the fall of 2005. He is currently the Percussion Instructor and Equipment Manager for the band department.
Mr. Hart graduated from Southern University in the spring of 2002 with honors, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. He was a snare drum section leader from 1999 until 2002, receiving numerous awards as a member of the band including bandsman of the year. Mr. Hart is also a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity Inc.