Session One: Maestro Instructor
Mr. Lawrence Jackson
Mr. Lawrence Jackson is a graduate of Southern University receiving both his Bachelor of Science Degree in Instrumental Music Education in 1975 and a Master’s Degree in School Administration in 1985. Further study was done at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Ill. While at VanderCook , Jackson studied Conducting under Dr. Richard Strange and Brass Pedagogy under Roger Rocco. In 1976 he was appointed Director of Bands at Clinton High School, as well as responsible for the band programs at Clinton Elementary and Middle Schools. At Clinton High School, he lead his band to receive awards of excellence and superior ratings at District IV Concert Band and Solo/ Small Ensemble Festivals; superior ratings and sweepstakes winners at Southern University Concert Band Festivals; superior ratings at the Festival of Champions National Concert Band Festival in Panama City, Florida; and countless first place awards in marching band contests throughout Louisiana and Mississippi.
In 1996, after serving as Director of Bands at Clinton High School for 20 years, Jackson accepted a position of Assistant Director of Bands at Southern University and was later promoted to Associate Director of Bands. He has served as adjudicator for marching and concert band festivals throughout Louisiana, Texas and Michigan, and appeared as Guest Conductor and Clinician in Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, the country of Belize, Central America and North Africa. In November of 2005, Jackson was appointed Director of Bands at Southern University where the Marching Band, better known as the “Human Jukebox” was rated the number two band in the nation in 2013 by the NCAA. He was one of two staff arrangers in the Department of Bands, Conductor of the Wind Symphony, Woodwind Ensemble, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts as well as a Commissioned Gospel Music Arranger for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. As a member of Greater King David Baptist Church, he serves as director, conductor and music arranger of the Greater King David Orchestra. His first original instrumental gospel composition entitled “Praise Power” was featured on the Greater King David Male Chorus 2003 CD recording entitled, “It’s Our Time Now”.
Jackson, a native of Crowley and a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is married to Alfreda Marie Mouton Jackson and has two sons: Myron Andre and Jamar Rafael.
His Honorary and Professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity, Music Educators National Conference, Louisiana Music Educators Association, HBCU National Band Directors Consortium and the College Band Director’s National Association