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Janie Harris | NCAA.com | September 16, 2016

Human Jukebox receives thoughtful gift from rival band

  Southern University remains considered one of the best bands in the nation.

While football season continues, marching bands show off their talent at halftime, pep rallies and other events that make the musical groups vital to the college-game experience. And, the Southern University Marching Band, which is considered one of the best bands in the country, continues to impress fans across the nation even after many members of the band, including Band Director Nathan B. Haymer, lost their homes during the flooding in the Baton Rouge area.

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However, the band recently received a thoughtful present from one of its biggest competitors in the county, the Ohio State Marching Band, which is also considered one of the best marching bands in the nation.

 “This really speaks volumes,” said Haymer. “When you’re going through something, who is going to reach out and just say I care?”

Ohio State’s band sent the Human Jukebox a bass drum head signed by members of the self-proclaimed Best Damn Band in the Land as well as a letter from Director Chris Hoch.

“The thoughts of the Ohio State University marching band are with you and all those affected by the flood in the Baton Rouge area,” read the letter. “The Ohio State band is here as well should you need anything.”

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Haymer spoke to the members of his band about the significance of the gift and vowed to place the drum head within their own trophy case as well as send a similar gift to the Ohio State band.

"Ohio State, we thank you, from the Human Jukebox marching band family," said Haymer. 

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