BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Members of the Southern University Human Jukebox Marching Band got the COVID-19 vaccine this morning. They are hoping to start the new semester on the right foot.
“It was less of a sacrifice and more of something that had to be done,” said band member Adam Allen.
A university spokesperson said 95 percent of the band is vaccinated. The band said they’re ready to perform again after last year’s setbacks.
“When you see Southern University’s band, you’re not going to say they were in the pandemic, they are going to look for the band to be the band, and that’s what everyone looks for. However, we don’t have the same practice schedule and you have to make sure students are safe and their bodies are healthy,” said Southern University Director of Bands Kedric Taylor.
There are approximately 40 band members who are were vaccinated, according to the band director.
Sophomore Band Member Adam Allen received his shot today.
“I just wanted to keep other students and myself safe,” he said.
He is one of several students who has never had a normal band experience after their season was cut short last year.
“We’re the best band so wanted to keep on marching,” said Allen.
Southern Alum Anthony Kenney worked with city leaders to get the vaccines sent right to their band hall.
“The human Jukebox marching band is an ambassador for the university and for HBCUs, so we want to make sure the students are safe and the band and the students are leading the way,” he said.
“I hope people take the virus seriously and I also hope we can be Southern and be the best because that’s what we are,” added Allen.
The vaccines were provided by the Louisiana National Guard.
Their first performance of the season is scheduled for September 4th at Troy University.