The Lion's Roar

Music department to continue performances with modifications

For the Fall 2020 semester, Department of Music will continue performing following safety precautions for the COVID-19. According to Michael Brothers, there is a possibility for band members to play with masks on.

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

July 28, 2020

The university is now adhering to health and safety policies in an effort to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19.  The new guidelines require masks to be worn on campus at all times. In addition, some areas on campus may require limited occupancy levels, according to the Safe Campus Guide.   In...

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...

Jazz festival approaches


Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

April 8, 2019

The 18th annual "Bill Evans Jazz Festival" will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the "Kind of Blue" album by Miles Davis. Michael Brothers, instructor of jazz studies, percussion and drumline, described the album as one of the most important jazz recordings of all time. Evans, a 1950 alumnus and...

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...

Jazz ensemble begins performance season

Brad Walker, guest saxophonist, performs with the jazz ensemble at their first concert of the season.

Madeline Cancienne, Staff Reporter

October 3, 2018

The jazz ensemble practiced twice a week to put on its first concert of the season. The jazz ensemble performed in the Pottle Recital Hall on Monday, Oct. 1.  Many of the songs performed included solos from trumpet player Austin Dugas, a senior music major. “This performance was really hard...