Emails indicate SU band director may have accepted personal payments for performances

Emails indicate SU band director may have accepted personal payments for performances
SU Band Director Nathan Haymer (Source: Facebook)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As questions continue to swirl regarding the future of Southern University's director of the Human Jukebox Marching Band, Nathan Haymer, email records obtained by WAFB late Friday evening provide more insight into what could now be prompting concern among university leaders.

The emails, provided by university officials, show contact Haymer had with various booking agencies earlier this year where he allegedly orchestrated agreements to get additional monies for band appearances, with some requests that certain checks be made payable to him.

The emails in question center around the 2018 Mardi Gras season, where Haymer may have garnered upwards of $10,000 as part of appearances the band made during certain events.

The emails can be viewed here:

On January 10, 2018, an email in preparation for the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale parade appears to show Haymer asking organizers for meals and travel for the band, as well as a $3,700 check payable to the SU Alumni Federation. Haymer also appears to request an additional $3,000 check to be made payable to him. That payment was labeled as "staff pay" for the event.

In a separate email discussing the Bacchus parade, dated January 3, 2018, organizers make a note of a particular payment Haymer would receive to "reduce payment to Mr. Haymer to $3,000." The difference in the total payment for the appearance would go to the federation, according to that same email.

Another email, dated March 14, appears to show Haymer discussing the New Orleans High School Battle of the Bands performance, where an organizer informs him they have sent him a check for $5,000. The organizer tells him to "feel free to deposit this into your Bands Foundation account."

All emails in the records provided to WAFB from Southern University appear to be linked to Haymer's university email account. University leaders are currently reviewing the emails provided to WAFB, according to university spokeswoman, Janene Tate; however, school leaders have not launched an investigation at this time.

Haymer has publicly denied allegations against him and as of Friday evening, school leaders say he is still employed with the university.

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