Wolves News · Timberland band student signs at top HBCU

 By Rickey Ciapha Dennis Jr.

The “Human Jukebox” just gained another musician.

Timberland High School band member Tre’quawn Green signed on Wednesday to continue his musical career at Southern University, a prestigious Historically Black College in Baton Rouge.

The marching band, widely known as the Human Jukebox, was recently ranked by the NCAA as the number two marching band in the nation, the college’s website said.

“This is very meaningful. It’s a first for me,” Green said, accompanied by a host of bandmates, a proud mother and grandfather, and THS band director Prince Brewington. “I’m real excited about signing off to the college of my dream[s], the band that I’ve always been looking into. It’s been a real pleasure.”

Green, who started playing the trumpet in eighth grade before transitioning to the euphonium, will head to Louisiana with more than $200,000 in scholarships.

His director Prince Brewington sparked laughter from attendees when he recalled Green’s early days on the horn, blaring sounds from his home easily heard by neighbors. It was that persistence that opened opportunities.

“He had a high musical aptitude. He caught on very fast,” Brewington said. “He was dedicated to his craft. All of the prerequisites you need to be a successful musician – he had that.”

Brewington added the significance that Green’s signing had on the program and community.

“This provides notoriety for our band program,” Brewington said. “A lot of people don’t understand that band can provide free education for you. It’s an outlet for our students in our community…the arts [have] value if we see the value in it.”

The 230-member Southern University band has a knack for relaying “old Southern spirit” in musical form. They are accompanied by a dazzling nine-member dance troupe, and the band’s unique and meticulous formations have been demonstrated on national and international stages.

Green will study music education with aspirations to become the “best band director in the world.”