Mr. Dowell Taylor

Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Music Technology and Director of Bands Read His Bio

Listen To Music Clips

The Quintessence of Contemporary Sounds and Maneuvers Download .MP3

The Prancing J-Settes

“The thrill of a thousand eyes” Jackson State University dance line. More About J-Settes

The Summa Cum Laude of Bands

Images of the Sonic Boom Past & Present View Photos
February 13, 2015

2015 JSU Summer High School Band, Dance & Drummajor Camp



Description: Come join the famous Sonic Boom of the South as we give you an extensive look into what it takes to be a part of the “Summa Cum Laude of Bands!”   We offer an array of different ensembles to participate in coupled with the marching band.  This year we are adding a Concert Band to enhance the students experience.  We will be offering master classes held by the renowned Sonic Boom band staff and other accomplished band directors which will include but not limited to the following: Leadership Skills, Classroom Management, Field Show Content, Arranging, Instrumental Pedagogy and much more.  There will also be outstanding Social Events such as talent shows and dances for student enjoyment!  
The camp is opened to advanced 8th graders through graduating H.S. Seniors. Drummajors will learn conducting and mace routines, and will learn a famous “Get Ready” routine, and also be featured in the field show. All Drummajors will have to play their instruments during camp.  Dancers will learn comprehensive dance techniques and field/stand routines patterned after the “Thrill of a Billion Eyes” the Prancing J-Settes.

Click here for more information on the 2015 JSU Summer H.S Band, Dance, and Drummajor Camp

 Applicants music fill out the Online Application before Submitting Payment

click here for: JSU HS Camp Payment Option
January 7, 2015

HBCU Band of the Year 2015

There’s no question that the number one spot went to the Sonic Boom of the South, the Jackson State University Marching Band. The band received 17,701 votes, earning 21% of the vote. The program began in 1971 and has even made halftime appearances for or the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals. Read more information about this band here History.

November 3, 2014

JSU Honda BOTB Announcement

Honda Battle of the Bands 2015

  Each year, fans vote to send the most elite marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities to the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase. Here’s the Jackson State Sonic Boom of the South finding out that they will perform at #hbob 2015!

December 4, 2012

About the "Sonic Boom"

The “Sonic Boom” Marching Band has performed many halftime appearances for the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals; a television special for Motown’s 30th Anniversary and the 34th NAACP Image Awards, with a special guest performance by “Cedric the Entertainer.” The band is a favored entry in halftime performances during football season as well as for parades across Mississippi and in other states. The Jackson State University Marching Band was dubbed The Sonic Boom of the South in 1971 by students in the band.

2015 Summer H.S Band, Dance, and Drummajor Camp
HBCU Band of the Year 2014
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Contact Directors

Get the contact information of the band directors to ask questions about the band, auditions, upcoming events, and ect… Read more
March 10, 20151 month ago

Band Upcoming Audition Dates

March 21st, 2015 9:00AM – 12:00pm Please sign up for band on the website. Also future dates regarding tryouts for band will be announced soon. Thanks and for more information you can reach Mr. Dowell Taylor at or 601-979-2141. Read more
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2014 Season Videos

Watch the 2014 season videos of the Sonic Boom. Read more

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