Mr. Dowell Taylor

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

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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, 2014

2014 High School Band 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!”   This year we are adding a Jazz Band Ensemble to enhance the students experience.
We will be offering master classes held by renowned Sonic Boom band staff 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!

 Click here for more information on the 2014 H.S Band Camp

July 30, 2013

HBCU Band of the Year 2013

Jackson State University hosted the 3rd Annual National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Media Summit June 27-29 at the Student Center.

Jarret Carter, founder of the HBCU Digest and HBCU Awards, gives the award for Best Marching Band to Dowell Taylor, director of bands at JSU.

One of the events of the summit was the HBCU Awards programs, which acknowledged and celebrated the achievements of historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States. Crowning winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement, the HBCU Awards presentation is the first and only event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCUs on American culture. At this year’s awards program, Jackson State won two awards: Best Marching Band (JSU Sonic Boom) and Best Male Athlete (Anaso Jobodwana).


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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.

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