SO yall just know gona talk about it....LMAO
I been done said something was up with Nathan, but we're gonna go with the story blow for right now.. lol
Director of Bands, Nathan B. Haymer, has resigned.
Sources close to the situation say last night during the annual band banquet, Haymer stated that he was given the option to either resign or be fired.
Yesterday, the director was locked out of his office.
Sources close to the situation say members of the Human Jukebox plan to protest at the Board of Supervisors meeting this morning scheduled for 9 am on the 2nd floor of the J.S. Clark Administration Building.
Details will be provided as they are made available...
IMMA let yall, defend this before I go all the way in... I'LL be back in 24hours.. KISSES!!!
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Members of Southern University's famed Human Jukebox crowded into the Southern Board of Supervisors meeting Friday, pleading the case for their band director to keep his job.
A lawsuit filed earlier this year in Baton Rouge accused band director Nathan Haymer of requesting a kickback in order for the band to appear at an event for public school children.
Janene Tate, a spokeswoman for Southern, said the university is still reviewing that litigation and that Haymer remains the director.
But students were still concerned that his departure was imminent, urging the school to keep him. "He’ll do anything and everything to make sure he has everything we need. So please reconsider and keep our band director," said Makayla Lundy, a senior.
Micheal Bingham, also a senior, said Haymer "serves as a leader, he serves as a father figure to me."
In response, President-Chancellor Ray Belton praised the students for their passion, but said he couldn't discuss any details about Haymer's employment.
"This band literally defines Southern University. I can’t say how proud I am of the courage you’ve showing this morning in coming before this board," Belton said.
Julian Jackson, class of ‘77 and a former band member, said he canceled all his appointments and drove up from New Orleans to be at Friday’s meeting. He said he was about to donate money to the university but stopped when he learned Haymer might be leaving.
“If Haymer won’t be here, I won’t be around Southern University,” said Jackson.
Jonathan Dearbone, class of ‘93, and also a former band member, said Haymer spoke at a band banquet Thursday night held at the Student Union at Southern, saying to the effect that he was being given the choice of resigning or being fired.
Dearbone said he was soon overwhelmed with messages from concerned band supporters to the point that he put his phone in another room. Dearbone said the number of people who showed up Friday is just a glimpse of what would come if Southern tries to get rid of Haymer.
Dearbone asked the board of supervisors for understanding, whatever Haymer did.
“Everybody in this room is human,” he said. “We all have our triumphs, we all have our frailties.”
The lawsuit against Haymer and Southern was filed earlier this year, with the owner of a Baton Rouge media company alleging he reneged on band appearances after she refused to fulfill a kickback request and brought it to the attention of Southern officials.
So in 2005 he arrested for felony theft, 2018 emails recently where he's asking for kickbacks and some under honorariums, and not octagon media have text messages. SOOO when does it stop.... Grace can run out, he need to let it go. If he is truthful and everything can be verified there should be nothing to worry about. However, checks that were made out to Haymer were not deposited in school accounts, leading to what they have described as "blatant theft."
BATON ROUGE- Southern Band Director Nathan Haymer is defending himself tonight, over a prior arrest he faced on a felony theft charge at a high school he worked for in Lake Charles as a band director.
Haymer reported over $2,000 was missing from the band department at Washington Marion High School. Auditors were called in and police reports indicate that number was more like $40,000. Investigators arrested Haymer and charged him with felony theft. Arrest documents show he was accused of taking $5,000. However, his brother, Niles Haymer said this was a bad investigation. He says his brother's case was never pursued, and there was insufficient evidence to proceed.
Information of Haymer's prior arrest comes the same week that a media company accused him of sending a text message asking for a kickback to have Southern University's world-famous band perform at an event.
Today, Haymer opened up outside the band offices on Southern University's Campus.
"Auditors to this day have yet to show me where they got that number from," Haymer said. "All I know is I was collecting money for jackets and went to Subway less than a mile away and money was missing from my desk."
Haymer was among three others arrested after the money went missing.
"It is a witchhunt," Haymer said. "Am I perfect, no. I have a past. But, I'm not that type of person. I have blemishes in my past. It's still on the internet."
Haymer said he was never terminated from the high school and was hired by Southern University right after.
Today, the District Attorney's Office in Calcasieu Parish said they couldn't independently verify that the charges were not pursued because they only keep paperwork on felonies for ten years.
However, Nathan Haymer's brother, Niles Haymer provided us with a document that showed his brother's case was closed. Charges were not pursued due to insufficient evidence. He believes the allegations coming to light now are nothing more than a smear against his brother.
"The Southern University Band Director has done an excellent job," Haymer said. "With success comes these problems. you will always have people saying you are too successful and we will bring you down."
On Monday, the WBRZ Investigative Unit showed you Haymer was the subject of a lawsuit accused of asking for a ten percent kickback to have Southern's band play at an event.
The owner of Octagon Media alleged in her lawsuit Haymer sent her the following text message, "the ten percent needs to be made payable to me so that the staff can be properly compensated. I am asking for you to hide this ten percent in your percentage charge. If this cannot be done, please let me know."
Despite that text message, Haymer said he would never do that.
"I'm an honest person," Haymer said. "I have integrity. Southern pays me well enough and there's no need for me to get kickbacks from a fundraiser."
The contract for Octagon Media totaled almost $50,000. The media company says it had to pay refunds to the organizations that used them to schedule the marching band to perform at events.
Two weeks ago, the WBRZ Investigative Unit submitted a public records request, asking for all emails tied to any Mardi Gras krewes sent to or received by Nathan Haymer's school email account. The emails show throughout the 2018 Carnival Season, Haymer demanded payments if those krewes wanted Southern University's band to play.
The krewes involved are Bacchus, Zulu, Femme Fatale, Poseidon and Nyx.
One email dated January 3, 2018, reads: "Reduce payment to Mr. Haymer to $3,000."
Simultaneously, one sent to Zulu read, "Make check payable to Nathan B. Haymer for $3,000." That was documented as staff pay. Sources within Zulu tell WBRZ their check was made out to Haymer and was cashed.
Also in January, this email from Haymer to Femme Fatale, "... I will be paid $3,700."
Last month, we spoke to Haymer involving allegations of kickbacks outside the Band Hall.
"I'm an honest person," Haymer said. "I have integrity. Southern pays me well enough, and there's no need for me to get kickbacks."
Friday, dozens of band members showed their support for Haymer in front of the Board of Supervisors. In fact, many of them pleaded with the board not to terminate him. But, our sources said the checks that were made out to Haymer were not deposited in school accounts, leading to what they have described as "blatant theft."
Two months ago, Amy Newsom, an attorney representing Octagon Media told WBRZ her client was also a victim of Nathan Haymer. Octagon Media sued after Haymer requested a 10-percent kickback to have the band and the Dancing Dolls perform at an event.
"Yes, the 10 percent needs to be made payable to me so that the staff can be properly compensated," a text message quoted in the lawsuit from Haymer's phone reads. "I am asking for you to hide this 10 percent in your percentage charge from your business. If this can't be done, please let me know."
"When she refused to pay Mr. Haymer the kickback, he didn't show up to the event," Newsom said. "Many of the school children were disappointed, and my client suffered financial losses as a result of Mr. Haymer's actions."
Tonight, Southern University has launched its own investigation into the emails.
A statement from the school to the WBRZ Investigative Unit reads, "The University continues to read the emails requested."
No further comment was provided.
He didn't resign
He should resign! Haymer has lost the very little credibility he had left.
i hope he learn from this "finally" after several mistakes..... and i figure he should do it through the school versus in private in regards for asking for proceeds, rather than under the table.
He shouldn’t do anything! He hasn’t lost any credibility so what do you mean? Only people from Louisiana knows how WBRZ works! Even if Haymer was to resign the juke and dolls would still continue to do them, some of y’all think “ ohhhh if Haymer leave that’s the end of Southern” lmaoooo y’all def don’t know how the jukes work huh? Lmaooo that would be even worse for your favorite band in the fall. Y’all don’t want and upset juke believe that! Btw some of your favorite bands are praying he resigns, and come to them believe me lol!
Either way SU forever good. Hope Haymer keep the position though.
Haymer personally helped select the Dolls uniforms, I know they will miss him.
He’s not goin anywhere lmaoooo.