Dr. Nikole Roebuck has been tapped as the Director of Bands and Chair of the Department of Music at Grambling State University. On May 31st, the university announced that she will be the FIRST Woman to lead the band in the school's history. the band program has been a staple at the University since 1926, so a woman becoming director has been well over-due.
Her role includes directing operations for the World Famed Tiger Marching Band. The group was placed in the global eye after performing with Adidas and Beyonce'. “The University's president, Dr. Gallot said of the appointment on the school's website, "We are excited to have one of our home-grown innovators lead during this historic time. 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 now become just the 3rd woman band director in the history of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), adding to the lost of Tomisha Brock who serves as the band director at Clark Atlanta University and Dr. Kerry Anne Simon at Mississippi Valley State University. Brock received the position in 2017 and Dr. Simon in May 2019. She becomes only the 2nd woman band director in Southwestern Athletic Conference history. Congratulations Dr. Roebuck, we cannot wait to see what the 5th quarter looks like under your direction.