The leader of this multi-genre group, Michael Foster started playing music at a young age. He attended Southern Universitywere he was a member of the "Human Jukebox" (S.U. Marching Band).Foster's
The leader of this multi-genre group, Michael Foster started playing music at a young age. He attended Southern Universitywere he was a member of the “Human Jukebox” (S.U. Marching Band).Foster’s band-mates, many of them also music teachers and band directors,got together at Southern. “We met at the departmentof music,” Foster says, “and in the Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity.” The band initially included Frank Williams on trombone and keyboards,as well as sharing composing and arranging duties with Foster; tenor saxophonist Kier Johnson; altoist Fred Jackson; Wendell Tilford playing trumpet; and Ronald Moss on drums and percussion. Foster says he was introducedto the funky grooves of brass jazz by his old roommate at Southern, Julius McKee. “We were both sousaphoneplayers,” Foster says, “He was from New Orleans, and he introducedme to the Dirty Donzen brass band. We used to sit in our room listening to those tapes until they wore out.”The listening sessions paid off.
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