Can’t get enough of the Southern University’s Human Jukebox?
Now there’s an app for that.
The Human Jukebox mobile app is the first of its kind among area collegiate marching bands, connecting Southern to its fans 24/7.
Users don’t have to be one of the 230 band members or among the thousands of alumni to be a part of this community.
“It has something for everyone,” Director of Bands Nathan Haymer says. “It has the latest information for band members and prospective members, and it has a fan wall, where fans can post their photos. It also has a video wall with videos of our performances.”
Southern alumnus Chance Lewis, a professor of urban education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, developed the app. Lewis also is president of Lewis Educational Consultants Inc., which provides consulting services and mobile app solutions to businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the nation.
“Chance donated his services to the band in developing this app,” Haymer says. “It’s the sign of the times in how we communicate. The app puts us more in touch, and it’s more personal. We’re able to better communicate with the members of the band at the beginning of the year. And it’s user friendly for everyone.”
The tool is especially handy for fans who want to follow the Human Jukebox outside of its fall performances in A.W. Mumford Stadium.
Last week, the band made a halftime appearance at the football game between Scotlandville Magnet and McKinley high schools.
It will stage a Midnight Madness Battle of the Bands competition against Talladega College Marching Band on Friday, Sept. 18, the night before the Southern Jaguars’ first home game against Jackson State University.
“We’re going to sell tickets to the battle of the bands competition,” Haymer says. “We need funds, and this is a step we can take to raise our own money.”
Midnight Madness will be on the app calendar as will future band appearances in Christmas and Mardi Gras parades. There also will be news of the special off-season extras, such as when the band competes in the Honda Battle of the Bands.
The band made the trip to Atlanta last January for this competition.
It also was represented in May by a smaller ensemble, which performed at ceremonies preceding the much-hyped WBA, WBC, WBO fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas. Add to that Haymer’s invitation to attend the Grammy Awards last February, and the band has been busy.
The events calendar will also alert fans to three performances for Baton Rouge area high school students in November.
“It’ll be in early November, and Southern will be having 5,000 high school students coming to campus over three days,” Haymer says. “The school officials will talk to them about education, and then the Human Jukebox will perform for them. We’ll perform three different shows. This is something new for the school — it’s never been done before on campus, and we’re looking forward to it.”
Also, look for the band at pregame and halftime on Oct. 4 when the New Orleans Saints take on the Dallas Cowboys in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
“With this band, you never know what we’re going to do next or where we’re going to be,” Haymer says. “We may get a phone call tomorrow, and if we can do it, we’ll be there.”
The Human Jukebox mobile app can be downloaded free through Apple’s App Store or Google Play.