JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – The legendary Jackson State University band made history entertaining the world this weekend.
The Sonic Boom of the South entertained millions when the band from Lynch Street performed with Usher during the Super Bowl half time show.
“The experience there in Las Vegas was life-changing,” said JSU Band Director Dr. Roderick Little. “I told my students that they probably won’t get this opportunity again, and even if they do go to the Super Bowl it won’t be probably in a halftime show with the marching band.”
Monday the band returned to the Magnolia State after a whirlwind weekend, following weeks of practice to accompany hip-hop royalty. The halftime performance was a well-kept secret that gave band members a look at what hard work can achieve.
“It was just nothing like I’ve ever experienced. Like, being in the room with Usher, it kinda puts everything in perspective,” said Alto Saxophonist Treasure White. “When you see someone who just works so hard at what they do and puts so much effort in it. It really makes me feel like, ‘Ok, let me make sure I’m putting in my part to contribute to the show giving it a 110, because he’s definitely giving it a 110.’”
“There’s always room to learn and being able to see Usher be that way it has an affect on us,” said Sonic Boom member Desi Jenkins. “So when it comes to band and school, now we really see how it needs to be done. Now we heard it from the horses mouth so to speak.”
“We also have some of our alums to go on tour with Drake,” added Little. “So we’re providing opportunities for our current students and also the students that leave Jackson State University.”
More big things are ahead for the Boom. They will be performing New Year’s Day 2025 during the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California.
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