Meet The Board

President
Timothy E. Rodrigue, ’98

BA, Mass Communication , LSU, 1998
MA, Public Relations, LSU, 2013
Tiger Band Instrument: Tuba

A five-year member of Tiger Band, Tim served two terms as president of the LSU Beta Gamma Chapter of the service fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi. Currently the vice president of Communications for BXS Insurance, he previously held the position of assistant director of Alumni & External Relations for the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business and as editor of LSU Alumni Magazine. Primarily, his duties consist of administering public relations, marketing, branding, and RFP efforts. Tim’s role necessitates collaborating with diverse constituencies—internally and externally—to ensure quality and effective representation. A native of New Orleans, he lives with his family in Denham Springs, La.

TIGER BAND LIFE
What is your favorite Tiger Band memory?

Favorite is too difficult for me to pick. I would say the most memorable happened at the Peach Bowl in 1996. Our instrument truck was parked behind the Georgia Dome. We were going to unload it and found a Toyota Corolla blocking us from being able to do so. Between some of the Tubas and percussionists, we picked up the Corolla and gently moved it to the sidewalk. Then we unloaded the truck. 

What was the best part about marching “Pregame?”

For me, it would have to have been my senior season. Being at the top of the “S” on the 50-yard line, being in front of a full Tiger Stadium was definitely the best part about marching “Pregame.” 

What made you decide to join The Four Notes Club?

In many ways, Tiger Band has always been a part of my life. I started going to games when I was three years-old. I don’t remember the first time I saw the band, but I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a part of it either. I want to make sure the three-year-old who is seeing the Tiger Band for the first time this year has the same opportunity I did to be a part of this family.


President-Elect
Daniel Wendt, ‘16

BS, Finance, LSU, 2016
MS, Finance, LSU, 2018
Tiger Band Instrument: Saxophone

A six-year member of the Tiger Band, Daniel served as Drum Major during his last three years in the organization.  Currently, Daniel is the Co-Founder of Tonal Innovation and is the Director of the University Club Sports Complex.  He is a native of Denham Springs and currently lives in Baton Rouge.

TIGER BAND LIFE
What is your favorite Tiger Band memory?

I would have to say my favorite memory is the first time I ever marched Pregame.  There are very few moments as special as taking the field for the first time, hearing the stadium clap along to the drum beat out, and blasting those famous four notes for the first time as a member in Tiger Stadium.

What was the best part about marching “Pregame?”

As Drum Major, the baton toss was the best.  As you complete your prep spins, you can hear an audible change in the atmosphere in Death Valley – as if everyone takes a breath all at once.  On the toss, the cheers begin and swell to a roar upon the catch.  Alternatively, when you drop it, the roar changes to a groan and that’s also my least favorite part of Pregame… 

What made you decide to join The Four Notes Club?

I think it is important to maintain a connection with the organizations that had a major impact on your life – and to find ways to give back when possible.  The Four Notes Club allows me to support the Tiger Band and maintain a connection to the organization that I grew up loving.


Treasurer
Francis “Gene” Durand, ’98

BS, Business Administration, University of New Orleans, 2002
Tiger Band Instrument: Tenor Saxophone

A five year member of Tiger Band, Gene served two terms as Treasurer of the LSU Beta Gamma Chapter of the service fraternity Kappa Kappa Psi. He is currently the Director of Accounts Payable at the University of New Orleans where he is responsible for budgeting, financial reporting, management and oversight. As Treasurer, Gene will communicate with leadership to ensure the necessary revenue is obtained to meet the expectations of the membership base. His expertise in the accounting field allows him to provide sound advice on fiscal planning and implementation. Gene is a 20-year LSU Football season ticket holder. He travels with his wife from New Orleans to Baton Rouge for LSU home games and attempts to make at least one away game trip each year with his former band mates.  

Tiger Band Life
What is your favorite Tiger Band memory?

My favorite memory is from 1997 when we beat #1 ranked Florida in Death Valley.  The Tenor Sax section had joked we would all shave our heads if we won, men and women alike. The improbable happened, and we won the game, throwing Tiger Stadium into a state of delirium.  Immediately afterwards, our entire section got together and, one by one, every one of us shaved our heads. That sense of camaraderie, that we’re all in this together no matter the outcome, embodied the spirit of Tiger Band. 

What was the best part of marching “Pregame”?

Playing the Tenor Sax, I was one of the last lines to exit the end zone to perform the Four Corners salute.  When we turned to perform the third corner, it always felt like I was immersed within the crowd as they cheered us on.  It gave me goosebumps every time.

What made you decide to join The Four Notes Club?

I grew up an LSU fan and remember being in awe when the band would march down the hill or perform Pregame. Becoming part of that storied tradition was a dream come true. Your time in Tiger Band is short lived, but that doesn’t end when you put your instrument down. You’re part of the Tiger Band family forever, and I wanted to keep that sense of family going strong


Secretary
Steven Miley ‘84

BS, Finance LSU 1984
Tiger Band Instrument: Sousaphone

A seven year member of Tiger Band, he began serving as volunteer photographer in 1986 and still serves as photographer / videographer today. He has not missed a Pregame or Halftime performance of the Tiger Band since he marched his first Pregame in the fall of 1979. Steve was a member of the LSU Beta Gamma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. He is Vice President of Allied Systems, Inc., since 1986, a low voltage contracting business in Baton Rouge.

Tiger Band Life
What is your favorite Tiger Band memory?

1983 Orange Bowl, a great trip from start to finish. First video Spitvalve, fun hotel location on the beach, great halftime show with National TV coverage, good close game and pizza squares for New Years.

What was the best part of marching “Pregame”?

I had never seen the Pregame show until I marched and couldn’t believe the crowd noise. That first Pregame with 78,000 fans was so amazing. Today, I still get goose bumps when the band plays those golden notes in front of over 102,000 fans.

What made you decide to join The Four Notes Club?

I love the Tiger Band and have contributed time and money each year. Participation in this group will allow me to connect with former members while giving back to a great organization.