Lawrence Jackson, band director of Southern University’s “Human Jukebox” is retiring July 1, the university announced this week.
He has directed the world-renown university band since 2006, but has worked with the Southern band fulltime for 18 years and played tuba for the Jukebox as a Southern student.
“I think I’m leaving the band in great shape,” Jackson said in a news release. “At first it was hard to come to grips that I was going to retire. But I took some leave time to see what it would be like to be retired. I liked it.”
He stressed in the news release that it was his decision to retire.
“The best thing is that I’m leaving on my terms. I love everybody, I love Southern University and I have no problems,” he said.
Isaac Greggs, who died in April, retired as band director in 2005, leading to Jackson’s taking on the role.
During his tenure, the band has won several competitions, was picked by the U.S. State Department to represent the country abroad and performed at the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans.