In a very unusual move, Southern University’s famous “Human Jukebox” Marching Band will perform Friday at the McKinley Senior High School versus Scotlandville Senior High Magnet School game.
The cross-town rivalry game was 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 for the 7 p.m. kickoff at Memorial Stadium.
“This is very rare,” said SU’s Director of Bands Nathan Haymer. “We’ve never done this before locally. We did perform for a high school game in Atlanta in 2012.”
Haymer said the performance, which includes a halftime show, is part of an outreach by the band and the 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, and two of this year’s Dancing Dolls are McKinley graduates.
“I know the band is eager to put on a great show,” Haymer said.