Liddell has my utmost respect, says Southernâ€™s Band Director Isaac Greggs, himself a Southern graduate. What he does is a reflection of his own personal discipline. There's always been a wholesome and clean rivalry between our bands, but I donâ€™t really care who it is, weâ€™re gonna be just as good for no matter who we play. I donâ€™t get up for other people, they get up for me. When you're riding high in the saddle, you catch a lot of arrows. I ride highest in the saddle.
I've been through four band directors at Jackson State, says Greggs, chuckling, I didnâ€™t make Southern great, it's always been great, I just took it to another level. And I donâ€™t blame all the other directors for imitating me, because if I was somebody else, I'd imitate me.
As a fan I really admired Dr. Greggs for his fierce competitiveness, awesome sounding/drilling bands and beautiful Dancing Dolls. Band members were always uniform, polished and clean shaven. I once heard Greggs say on BET, " that if you wear an ear ring, you're not going to play in my band, I will put you out", that's the way it should be, the tail shouldn't wag the dog!
Dr. Greggs, the fierce competitor will truly be missed. Rest in peace Dr. Greggs.