September 9, 2013

Drummers, Steppers Raise AIDS Awareness in New Orleans

24 university students educate, entertain at U.S. Conference of AIDS

Grambling State University Media Bureau

GRAMBLING, LA. – Twelve members of Grambling State University’s World Famed Tiger Marching Band percussion section and 12 members of the university’s Epsilon Roe chapter of  Kappa Kappa Psi is in New Orleans as a part of the United States Conference on AIDS.

Members of the Tiger band percussion section will play as members of KK Psi do some of their energetic, high-stepping routines. The 24 students are scheduled to open the conference then perform during the conference’s plenary luncheon at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. During the luncheon, audience members will be challenged and motivated to join the “step up and lead” advocacy and the fight to decrease the number of AIDS cases and work to eliminate the disease.

The three-day conference at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans is scheduled September 8-11. For about 20 years, the USCA has sought “to increase the strength and diversity of the community-based responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through education, training, new partnerships, collaboration and networking.” HIV/AIDS issues are major issues in the African American community, and Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue said he supports this activity as an important cultural and health opportunity.

Terry Lilly, Grambling State’s head cheerleading coach, was asked by the Super Bowl half time choreographer and staging director Kristen Patterson “KP” Terry to coordinate a step routine to promote AIDS awareness at the conference. Terry and Lilly have worked together multiple times, including the February Super Bowl in New Orleans.

 “She called and asked if I could coordinate this opportunity,” said Lilly. He teamed up with Edward Thomas, a Grambling State band director who supervises the percussion section and drum majors. “They will be stepping to get USCA’s message across,” Thomas said of his band members who are also a part of KK Psi, a national honorary band fraternity.

The group left by bus campus about 3 a.m. today (Monday, Sept. 9) and they will return after the luncheon performance.

MEDIA NOTE: Media must have credentials to access the conference. According to conference representatives, accepted media receive complimentary registration for media purposes. Those without advance registration must report to the media room in Hyatt Strand 2 on Level 2.

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