April 8, 2014

GSU Black Tie Event Raises Scholarship Dollars for Students

Grambling State University President Pogue is hosting a scholarship gala Friday night, including big band music and a Harlem Renaissance theatrical tribute

GRAMBLING, LA. — Grambling State University presents the President’s Black Tie Scholarship Gala on Friday (April 11). The event will include a social, dinner and a theatrical production, “A Tribute to the Harlem Renaissance.”

“The main purpose is to look into the contributions of Afro-Americans in visual and performing arts,” said King David Godwin, interim dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. “This is a tribute to our ancestors and the legacies of these artists.”

During the theatrical performance, 17 GSU student singers and eight student performers will highlight some of the personalities from the Harlem Renaissance.  The Harlem Renaissance, (1919-1929) was a black cultural movement centered in New York City and included urban areas in the Northeast and Midwest of the nation, largely in Harlem.  The GSU students will perform skits, solo and group songs and other lively entertainment.

The social starts at 5:30 p.m. The program starts at 6 p.m.

Before the guests enjoy the student talents, they will enjoy a delightful dinner the World Famed Tiger Marching Band band room, which will be transformed into a GSU “Cotton Club.” The Cotton Club was a white-only establishment where many well-known black entertainers and jazz musicians played. 

The GSU Show Band will play music played at the Cotton Club, including sounds from Lena Horne, Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Cab Holloway, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday. The band features five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets, a male vocalist, a female vocalist, a pianist, a bass guitarist, an electric guitar, a drummer and a percussionist.

“This gala gives people in the community a chance to come and see students in action,” said Larry Pannell, GSU’s director of bands. “Some of the people who are attending will relate to the music of this era that they usually do not hear every day.”

The last day to purchase tickets is today (April 8). The tickets are $100 per person and $50 for students. Make payable to Grambling University Foundation, Inc.  Payroll deduction is available for employees.  For more information please contact Rose Wright in Institutional Advancement at 318-274-2217 or email wrightr@gram.edu.


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