Southern University’s ‘Human Jukebox’ featured in pre-inauguration ‘We Are One’ event

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Southern University Human Jukebox received another honor, participating in President Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Elect, Kamala Harris’ pre-inauguration event.

The Human Jukebox is known for its high energy and distinctive sound.

“Every time you see southern university band, you know we are going to put on a show” said Southern University’s Director of Bands, Kedric Taylor.

Tuesday night, the band showcased its talent for the future President and Vice President of the United States.

“For us to be a part of that and celebrate with them, I think it’s amazing. I can’t even tell you how it feels on the inside” said Taylor.

The honor came as a surprise, making it the fourth time the band has participated in a Presidential Inauguration. The band made their first appearance in 1981 for former President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration then again in 1993 and 1997 for former President Bill Clinton’s Inaugurations.

The virtual event also included the Louisiana Leadership Institute, a Baton Rouge city-wide high school marching band and dance team.

The videos were recorded and took about 12 hours to film and edit with a Southern University student leading the charge.

“That kind of blew me away when they said, hey we saw the videos, we’re comfortable we want you to put this together” said Southern University student, Michael Foster.

Foster who is also the owner of M F Cool Productions said, his work has been seen on several platforms, but nothing compares to this exposure.

“I’m still taken back by it, like just the fact that I was able to be involved in it. I’m like wow, this is honestly a honor” said Foster.

While this isn’t their first inauguration, this invitation is a honor unlike any other.

“For us, you know we’ve been there a lot, but we’re still humble enough to know that this doesn’t come all the time. this is a once in a lifetime thing so embrace it while it’s there and god keep blessing us and we’re getting opportunities” said Taylor.

The band received a letter confirming their place in the Biden Presidential Inaugural “We Are One” event.

Image courtesy of Southern University Marching Band

The event can be viewed from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on various platforms including those listed below:

  • Urban One
  • HBCU Grad
  • NowThis
  • Revolt TV
  • The Source
  • The Shade Room
  • BET
  • The Grio TV
  • Daily Kos
  • Watch The Yard
  • Blavity,
  • NBC Peacock TV — on The Choice

You can also watch the Biden Presidential Inaugural “We Are One” event here.

This is not the first time that the Human Jukebox Marching Band played at a big event.

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