Southern University effectively terminated Director of Bands Nathan Haymer, university officials confirmed Tuesday.
According to University officials, the official reason for Haymer’s termination can not be discussed as it is a personnel issue.
However, questions about whether he requested a kickback in order for the band to appear at events for public school children prompted an internal investigation after a lawsuit accused him of such behavior.
In the lawsuit, the owner of the media company suing, Octagon Media, alleged that Haymer sent her the following text message:
“The ten percent needs to be made payable to me so that the staff can be properly compensated. I am asking for you to hide this ten percent in your percentage charge. If this cannot be done, please let me know”; however, Haymer denies this interaction, as well as any allegation that he asked for a kickback.
Haymer’s brother and attorney, Niles Haymer, emailed the following statement in regards to the termination:
“For over 20 years, I have dedicated my life’s work to the Southern University Marching Band from my days as a student, a high school band director, an assistant band director and eventually into my dream job as the Director of Bands at Southern.
It was my goal to uphold the prestigious legacy of the Human Jukebox by taking the band to greater heights of unprecedented success. I always took pride in being an ambassador for Southern University and at no time did I ever act in a nefarious manner by accepting “kickbacks” as falsely reported by the media.
Being the Director of Bands at Southern has indeed been the honor of my life and I will always treasure the experience. I leave our Human Jukebox in a better place today in terms of funding, equipment and popularity than ever before.
Lastly, I would like to thank the students, alumni and the Jaguar Nation for their unwavering support of me and the Human Jukebox over my last twelve years as assistant director and Director of Bands.
Needless to say, I remain disappointed with the University’s decision and will weigh my legal options for further appeal. But at the end of the day, I will always and forever be a Jaguar!”