Southern University’s famous “Human Jukebox” Marching Band will perform Friday at McKinley Senior High School’s football game versus Scotlandville Senior High Magnet School.
The cross-town rivalry game is expected to draw a large crowd, but the inclusion of SU’s 220-member band and the Dancing Dolls is expected to swell the attendance by several thousand. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium on North 17th Street.
Locally, the Human Jukebox has never performed at a high school game. However, SU’s Director of Bands Nathan Haymer said the performance is part of an outreach by the band and university to promote community unity.
“It is more important than ever before for us to be involved in our community,” Haymer said. “We want to bring Southern University to the world, one community at a time. What better way to start than to support the biggest high school rivalry in Baton Rouge.”
Over the years, a number of Southern’s band members have come from the two schools. Two of this year’s Dancing Dolls are McKinley graduates.
“I know the band is eager to put on a great show,” Haymer said.