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ULM Premieres Bayouval Music Celebration

The Bayouval Music Festival premiere is September 17 at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Bayouval is a new music festival on the bayou at the University of Louisiana Monroe, combining the words "bayou" and "festival." The event on September 17 at Bayou Pointe Event Center raises funds for student scholarships in the School of Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA).

Dr. Derle Long, director of VAPA, expressed his enthusiasm for new the festival, "The name 'Bayouval' being the combination of a festival on the bayou is just absolutely brilliant."

"We're very excited for our concert choir to perform with Code Blue and the Flatliners. They've already been rehearsing together. The Sound Of Today will perform while the band is having a break." 

The afternoon begins with a ribbon cutting at 3:30 p.m. for the Jack and Coralie White Rehearsal Room at the ULM Band Building. Jack White was ULM Director of Bands Emeritus. He died at age 84 in August 2020. Known as the person who named ULM’s Sound of Today Marching Band, White joined the university in 1970. He retired after 21 years of sharing his expertise in music with thousands of students.

A patron party begins at 4 p.m. at Bayou Pointe with a performance from ULM Jazz Ensemble. Code Blue and the Flatliners begins performing at 5 p.m. including a collaboration with the ULM Concert Choir.

General admission tickets are $25, patron party tickets are $100, and tables are available. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are available online through the ULM Alumni Association. 

Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Harper Innis is a Vocal Music Education major at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. His ambitions are reinforced with a strong will as he always tries to spread joy to the ones around him.
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