Larry Pannell, the long-serving director of the World Famed Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band, will retire next month, ending a 26-year career at the institution, and 21 as head of the marching band which helped to vault HBCU culture into American mainstream entertainment.

In a statement, Dr. Pannell credited the university for giving him the freedom to grow the brand of the marching ensemble and its students and graduates.

”I believe that I raised the bar and set a vision for the future that will allow the World Famed Tiger Marching Band and the GSU Music Department to thrive far beyond my tenure,” said Pannell, who is also a graduate of the department and a former band member. “I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve my alma mater and to impact the lives of so many young people.My focus now will be on my family and taking time for myself.”

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I don't think he'd want to go to GSU but anything is possible.

No one is going to hire Haymer, he's damaged goods.

SCSU might.  They're in dire need right now and they have a head band director position open.

 I could definitely see SCSU hiring Haymer, they are surely in need of a band director with a vision and game plan.

I truly don't think that Haymer's career is over, trust me...someone will pick him up eventually.


Haymer's career is just beginning. He's more of a asset than a liability to the HBCU world. Im more than sure he's received/receiving offers as we speak. 

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