Mr. Dowell Taylor

Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands and Associate Director of Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Mr. Dowell Taylor, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, is a graduate of Callaway High School. He also attended Jackson State University receiving the B.M.E. and M.M.E. degrees, respectively. Mr. Taylor participated in the JSU “Sonic Boom of the South” Marching Band Tuba Section, and during his undergraduate years, he arranged more than 100 band selections including the current JSU theme song, “Get Ready”, initially arranged by John Paul Jones. In 1975 he received the highest award a bandsman could receive, the “Best All-Around Bandsman” award. Mr. Taylor did further study (90 quarter hours) while enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts program in Wind Conducting at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, Ohio. Read more

Mr. Roderick Little

Instructor of Music, Associate Director of Bands, Director of Marching Band and Concert Band I

Roderick Little is currently serving as Marching Band Director at Jackson State University.  He received his Bachelors and Masters in Music Education respectively from Jackson State University and is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education Administration.  A native of Jackson MS, he grew up in a musical family/background.  During his tenure at Jackson State University he participated in several ensembles including the famous “Sonic Boom of the South” where he played in the percussion section as a snare drummer, served as part of the Jackson Five Drummajor squad, a student arranger and he also served as a student conductor of the Symphonic Band.   After receiving his undergraduate degree from J.S.U., he went to his high school alma mater, Lanier High School, where he served as Director of Bands for four years where his bands received excellent and superior ratings.


Mr. Lowell Hollinger

Instructor of Music, Associate Director of Bands, Director of Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Coordinator of Concert Ensemble

A native of Miami, Florida, Lowell Hollinger earned two degrees from Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi: the Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and the Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance. He also earned the Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Currently, he is in the final stages of completing his Ph.D. at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is A.B.D. (all but dissertation). Mr. Hollinger studied clarinet with Dr. Justin O’Dell assistant professor of clarinet at Michigan State University; the former principal clarinetist of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Jim Moritsugu; Dr. Michael Magruder, Interim Chair, Professor of Music, and Director of Bands at Winston-Salem State University; and Jerry Simas of the New World Symphony Orchestra.

Mrs. Chloe Ashley - Crowley

Prancing J-Sette Director

Mrs. Ashley- Crowley, a certified Zumba Fitness Instructor, is currently completing a Master of Arts degree in Dance Education from New York University, New York, NY. She received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Economics from Jackson State University in 2009. Ms. Ashley performed with the Prancing J-Settes from 2005-2008. She served as captain in 2008.

Ms. Courtney Lett

Band Administrative Assistant
Advisor of Tau Beta Sigma at JSU

Courtney Lett, Band Administrative Assistant of the Sonic Boom of the South Band and Advisor of Tau Beta Sigma at JSU, was born in Moss Point, MS where she was a eager and determined musician and student to come to Jackson State University to continue her academics and also join the famous band the Sonic Boom of the South. Ms. Lett entered Jackson State University in 2005, joined the band as a clarinetist, and later became section leader in fall 2009 and spring 2009. She graduated from Jackson State University in Spring 2010 with a B.S degree in Biology Pre Nursing. After graduation she wanted to come back to her alma mater and work with the band and was granted access in the Fall of 2011 to become the advisor of Tau Beta Sigma and the band’s lovely clerical assistance.

Mr. Ramon L. Jackson

Media Specialist/ Webmaster

Ramon L. Jackson serves in the capacity of Administrative Assistant/ Adjunct Professor of the Jackson State University Department of Music. Ramon Jackson has a diverse record of work as an educator with several schools in Jackson, Mississippi and other surrounding areas. Those schools include: North Jackson Elementary School, Byram Middle School, Jim Hill High School and presently Jackson State University where he serves as an adjunct professor of music. His educational philosophy is each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world when educators help the students to develop their full potential. Then as educators, we will have fulfilled a vision that the philosophers of the Tangelwood Symposium believed could be achieved. Creating a world where people learn to respect, accept, and embrace the differences between us, as the core of what makes life so fascinating.Currently, Ramon is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Instrumental Pedagogy, and is expected to be candidate for commencement in the Fall of 2018.