My name is Jeremy Boudreaux. I have been teaching percussion for the last 11 years. I can't remember when I started learning to play music. My father and uncle are musicians, who kept our house full of country tunes. For me, playing an instrument was as familiar as playing with GI Joe. Drumsticks became a steady home for my hands, a way to express any feeling. I began playing in the J.I. Watson Jr. High band in 6th grade with my band teacher and inspiration Rick Kuykendall. It was then that I knew I wanted to be a music teacher. Mastering the tenor drums became my mission in the Iowa High School band program. I then attended McNeese State University and became a member of the Pride of McNeese Marching Band and McNeese State University Drumline, where I studied with Dr. Lonny Benoit in the area of percussion education. In 2007, I helped found the Rho Zeta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a music fraternity dedicated to the advancement of music in America. Performing in various groups associated with the university and outside of it gave me some of my most memorable experiences, setting me on fire in a way that only music and the arts can. Beginning in 2005, I taught drumline at LaGrange High School here in Lake Charles, and then West-Orange/Stark High School in Orange, Texas. After taking a brief hiatus for health reasons, I began instruction the Jennings High Drum Line in 2009, and eventually became Percussion Coordinator for Jennings High School, a position I still hold. The group has racked up several Best in Class Percussion awards. In 2012, I started the Jennings High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble, and in 2016, the group won the Louisiana Mississippi Color guard and Percussion Circuit Standstill Division Championship, the first title in school history.
I’m currently honored to be the Band Director at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School and continue working with the Jennings High School Marching Band. All of these kids have brought a new fire to my life, a focus on the next generation, the future and how an old Cajun like me who just likes to hold drum sticks could change the course of their lives with music. My love of music helped me battle cancer, anchored my family life and is a language my young daughter understands when words don't work.
Aside from music, I'm a history and book nerd. My favorite way to relax is to turn up some Cajun or French music and cook a gumbo, followed by reading about the massive challenges my ancestors faced that allow me to live in comfort and freedom. My Acadian ancestry drives me to care for our environment, my family and my health. I'm a member of the Lake Charles Powerlifting Team and see a link between taking care of myself and others. When I'm healthy I have so much more to give, and I always give my students everything I have got.