Livingstone College heading to New Orleans to recruit band members, students

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By Kimberly Harrington

Livingstone College News Service

 SALISBURY – Attention New Orleans: Do not be alarmed. That mighty roar you are about to hear on Tuesday is the Livingstone College Blue Thunder­ Marching Band rolling into town for an event you won’t soon forget.

The Livingstone College New Orleans Takeover begins at 4 p.m. on April 24 at the Landry-Walker High School, located at 3520 General Degaulle Dr., Suite 2001. The college will conduct on-site admissions, on-site band auditions and mass band workshops.

In order to be accepted on the spot, students must submit the following prior to the event: a completed online application; have Livingstone added to their completed 2018-2019 FAFSA; and high school transcripts. (Livingstone’s FAFSA code is 002942.)

Transportation to Livingstone College may be provided for accepted students in the fall.

Livingstone College, located in Salisbury, N.C., is founded and supported by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. It is a private historically black institution that provides excellent liberal arts and religious education programs for students of all ethnic backgrounds.

“This New Orleans recruitment effort intends to establish a pipeline between the high schools in New Orleans and Livingstone College,” said Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., 12th president of Livingstone College.

“This event gives students in New Orleans a chance to meet personally with our faculty and staff, to ask questions of our financial aid and admissions’ officers, and to be entertained by our dynamic marching band,” he said.

Livingstone College boasts a marching band, symphonic band, and jazz and pep bands. The college’s Culinary Arts program will also be featured at the event. Livingstone is the only historically black college in North Carolina with a culinary arts program, which is housed at a hotel that was purchased by the school. Culinary Arts students reside at the hotel.

“We want you and yours to come out and enjoy the festivities,” said Anthony Jones, Livingstone College band director. “New Orleans, you’ve got good food and you’ve got good music, and we want to have the same things here at Livingstone College, so that means you need to be a part of what we’re doing.”

For more information about the Livingstone College recruitment tour in New Orleans, visit the Livingstone College Facebook Page. For more about the college, visit



About Livingstone College

Livingstone College, founded and supported by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, is a private historically black institution located in Salisbury, N.C. Through a Christian-based environment suitable for learning, it provides excellent liberal arts and religious education programs for students from all ethnic backgrounds designed to develop their potential for leadership and service to a global community. For more information, visit


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