Tigerama is back on.
LSU’s Director of Bands Damon Talley canceled the concert earlier Tuesday after event coordinator Pam Matassa resigned. Now former LSU Tiger Marching Band drum major Rob Dowie is stepping up to the plate and will coordinate the event.
“It’s definitely back on,” Talley said. “We’ve had a huge outpouring of alumni and supporters, and it’s honestly heartwarming.”
Dowie reached out to Talley upon hearing news of the cancelation Tuesday, and Talley asked him to be the coordinator.
“I always looked forward to Tigerama when I was in the band,” he said. “I think we owe it to the students to do this, and I think we owe it to their parents — this is the one chance they get to see the whole picture, and a lot of parents come in from out of town for this event.”
Dowie is owner and executive director of the statewide company SELA Aquatics.
“I’m going to give the coordinator position the best shot I can,” he said. “I’m going to do what I can to try to make it work.”
The event is set for Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center with performances by the LSU Tiger Marching Band and LSU’s Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Band. There also will be two day performances for area elementary and middle school students.
The Department of Bands began staging Tigerama in 1981. A cancelation would have meant no concert in its 35th year.
Matassa resigned Monday. She began working with the event in 2009. She now has her own business, Events by PM.
All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Department of Bands.
Editor's note: This story was corrected on Oct. 14, 2015, to correct the day of the event. The story previously gave the correct date but the wrong day.