Music Hall of Honor to induct Laird and Rollins
Two of Lamar University’s Most renowned music alumni will take their places in Lamar Music Hall of Honor during an induction ceremeny Feb. 23.
Responding to his honor, Rollins said: “What I treasure most about my days at Lamar was the freedom I had to chase my own music. In retrospect, I see that there was a songwriter trying to emerge from the saxophone guy, but the reality was that my teachers, especially Jimmy Simmons, gave me chances to do more things with my musical self than harness it in a syllabus. Jimmy and Wayne Dyess, who were the teachers I spent the most time with, were professional musicians first and foremost, and I was able to work with them far beyond the constraints of the classroom.”