Grambling State University has made history once again. Dr. Nikole Roebuck will lead as the University’s new Chair of the Department of Music and the school’s Director of Bands, the first woman to serve in the position in the 93-year history of the band, which began in 1926.
Dr. Roebuck is set to oversee operations for the World Famous Tiger Marching Band. In April, the band was recognized globally after performing for Beyoncé and Adidas during Coachella 2019.
“We are excited to have one of our home-grown innovators lead during this historic time,” said President Rick Gallot. “Dr. Roebuck is one of our most dedicated and humble leaders and a proven gift to our students, community, and all who support the world-famed sound of Grambling.”
Dr. Roebuck will become the third woman band director in the history of historically black colleges and universities, joining Tomisha Brock of Clark Atlanta University (appointed in 2017) and Dr. Keryy Anne Simon of Mississippi Valley State University (appointed in May 2019) respectively.
She will officially become the second woman band director in the history of the Southwest Athletic Conference.