Charmaine Neville to perform with Spirit of the Southland marching band Oct. 20
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HAMMOND – New Orleans jazz singer Charmaine Neville will perform with Southeastern Louisiana University’s Spirit of the Southland marching band, Oct. 20, 6 p.m.
The half time performance scheduled for Strawberry Stadium during Southeastern’s football game against Central Arkansas will include tunes from Neville’s “Queen of the Mardi Gras” CD.
Though this will be Neville’s first time performing with a marching band, she is no stranger to the spotlight. She won her first trophy for singing at age three and played her first gig at the age of 12, opening for Kitty Wells at a rodeo in Austin, Texas.
“I was probably in the third or fourth grade when I became serious about music. My first teacher tried forcing opera on me and that didn't work. I thought she was trying to turn me into my mother, who sang opera, and that was something I neither liked nor understood,” said Neville.
Born into the third generation of the New Orleans legendary musical Neville Brothers family where her father Charles is saxophonist, she has worked hard to make her music known.
“We are so excited to have Charmaine Neville performing with our students,” said Paul Frechou, assistant to the associate director of bands.
For additional information regarding the marching band, contact Frechou, (985) 549-3825 or University Bands Office, (985) 549-3654.