The Lion's Roar

Jazzy evening brings university and community together

Guest artist Steve Sigmund, who has served as lead trombonist for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 17 years, performs. The university music department partnered with the Hammond Rotary Club to host “An Evening of Jazz“ to raise funds for the university.

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter

February 18, 2020

“An Evening of Jazz” welcomed Hammond community members to raise funds and experience entertainment provided by the university’s jazz faculty and ensemble. On Sunday, Feb. 16, the Rotary Club of Hammond partnered with the university’s music department to host “An Evening of Jazz” from 5-...

A musical melting pot: Louisiana’s original art form

Jazz music was created as a result of the blending of different cultures and their various musical styles. A jazz band typically features a rhythm section as well as instruments like saxophones, trumpets and trombones.

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2019

Jazz music has been a part of Louisiana’s culture for over a century. Although the first jazz groups originated in New Orleans, there were many different musical influences from other regions of the world that helped create jazz as it is today. Michael Brothers, director of jazz and percussion...

The Harlem Renaissance and how jazz became the highlight of the era

The Harlem Renaissance and how jazz became the highlight of the era

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

February 19, 2019

A combination of new souls and a new city created one of the most recognizable and celebratory genres of music - jazz. The Harlem Renaissance was defined by the light at the end of the tunnel that black Americans saw during the early 20th century. Jim Crow laws forced former slaves from the rural So...

Sharing musical passion

Michael Brothers shares over 40 years of drumming experience, along with his expertise with other percussion instruments, with his students as an instructor of jazz studies, percussion and drumline.

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

October 18, 2018

Music has been a constant in the life of Michael Brothers, instructor of jazz studies, percussion and drumline. Born and raised in San Francisco Bay, California, Brothers vaguely remembers his first experience with live music in the early ‘60s. His parents, who both played instruments, went to see...