To clear up 2 things!
Mr. Adams has been a head band director before, at Howard University.
Also Pop Duplessis is a grad of Southern.
I think this accolade can be split easily 3 ways.
Conrad Hutchinson, former GSU band director took Black College band to not only a new level but a new stage. Black school's before GSU were not exposed to such experience as were introduced by this great SWAC legend. GSU opened the stage for Black College bands in such events as the Super Bowl, creating a market for HBCU bands, and the universities themselves. This was, truly a man before his time. We still thrive off of the accomplishments of this talented leader as far as exposure and visibility are concerned, this perhaps explains why Grambling's band continues to recieve such exposure even today.
Dr. Issac Greggs, Southern University band director, has made an incredible contribution to SWAC bands. Dr. Gregg's, often criticized mentality of band has spread throughout the SWAC and HBCU bands. Some say "Patty made the Juckbox", and this statement is very true. Southern University is the only SWAC band who is still under the leadership of their most influential and historic director. This provides SU with a wealth of knowledge, and pride. No other director in the SWAC has experienced SWAC band as long as Issac Greggs. This great band director not only possesses excellent tact when it comes to music, but he also introduced to our eyes a new look in HBCU band. His creative drills were mind-bogling, and set the pace for the many new and innovative drill styles we enjoy today. He is in his own right one of the Fathers of SWAC bands as we know it, and created the old school traditions that most SWAC bands still practice today. "I'm So Glad"..."Spirit"...etc.
Dowell Taylor, former band director of the Sonic Boom of the South, on the other hand, introduced the SWAC to the new school. Upon the hiring of Dowell Taylor at JSU, many felt that the young man would not reach the level of success that his two outstanding pretesesors had. JSU's marching band program had already been established and only needed to be held in the road. Dowell Taylor, however, tackled the challenge of not only sustaining the BOOM's level of superiority, but surpassing those marks of Haughton and Davis. Dowell Taylor accomplished more in his 10 years as band director at JSU, than many have in a career. Being a young man at the time, Dowell Taylor saw that something was missing. The BOOM like other SWAC bands, sounded great, drilled great, but there was something missing. He found that something and capitalized on it. Taylor, brought SHOWTIME to the SWAC. JSU to this day lives by his philosophy of "putting on a REAL show", not just marching down the field. He truly brought a new attitude to SWAC band. Dowell Taylor, scillfully, blended the warm sounds of Davis and the flaming drills of Haughton and added a dash of FUNK to the BOOM, thereby, creating a powerful triple punch, which is imulated time in and time out. Taylor is known for his band that could be heard from the BOOM's practice field to Metro Center Mall in Jackson. He definetly put the BOOM in the Sonic Boom. Dowell Taylor surely met the standard of great JSU directors as well as a great SWAC band director.