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The Jackson State University band is set to play a prominent role at the president’s dedication ceremony on Tuesday, and local alumni are thrilled with it.

Louis Parker Jr. of Brookhaven, a Jackson State graduate and former member the Sonic Boom band is thrilled.

« When I found out, I was overjoyed that JSU has become amazingly prominent, » he said.

The university announced Monday that the Sonic Boom of the South « will be part of the virtual event » We Are One « on Tuesday evening, said the historically black college in a statement on Monday. The show was one of several official opening events at which President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris were sworn in on Wednesday.

Retired Brookhaven Police Department commander David Johnson said the band was attending the historic event pay good national attention to JSU and other historically black colleges and universities.

« I think it’s a great portrayal of trying to move Mississippi in a more progressive direction and the people who see Mississippi in a different light see, « said Johnson.

Harris and other black leaders were also expected to speak during the livestream show, which the school said will « honor the black community and the African diaspora through strong speakers, inspiring stories and musical entertainment » .

« The invitation to participate in the virtual initiation activities for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris is one of the most prestigious awards for our program, » said Roderick Little, Jackson State Band Director. “This is a historic sign in the history of civilization, and our students can take part in this event and be immortalized in this great nation’s storybook.” Tony Allen, CEO of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, said the event is meant to be « coalitions. » mark that the nation is composed to celebrate a new chapter in history « .

The Sonic Boom marching band was founded in the 1940s and was named the Sonic Boom of the South in 1971. At the university, other HBCUs took part in a Battle of the Bands, including Marching 101 from South Carolina State University and Human Jukebox from Southern University Spielmannszug.

« We have always known that HBCUs students receive quality education and make a huge contribution to society, « said Johnson. « This is an opportunity to showcase some of that talent. »

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