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Outstanding Alumni News: Murrah Grad Rigel Robinson Joins The Cadets

July 13, 2021

Rigel Robinson Jr.
Rigel Robinson

Murrah graduate Rigel Robinson Jr. is on tour this summer with The Cadets Drum Corps, a world-class competitive drum and bugle corps based in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Jackson State University music major and trumpet section leader of the Sonic Boom is the first student from a Mississippi HBCU to be recruited by The Cadets. He reported to training with the corps at the end of June and will tour with them through August. The experience culminates in a three-day performance to be held in Indianapolis.

Robinson was known as the soft-spoken leader of Murrah's Sound of Perfection trumpet section. He was a 2018 Delta State University High School Honors Wind Ensemble selectee. That same year, he was accepted into the prestigious Mississippi Lions Band and performed with the band in Las Vegas during the summer. Additionally, he was a member of the JPS All-City Band for three years. His honors at Murrah include the Band Section Leader, Outstanding Musician, and Director's Leadership awards. Though Robinson clearly excelled in music, he was also a high-performing scholar. He graduated from Kirksey Middle School as the 2014 valedictorian and was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. He graduated from Murrah in 2018 and will be starting his senior year at Jackson State University in the fall.

Robinson was groomed in a family dedicated to the Jackson Public Schools. His father, Rigel B. Robinson Sr., is a Literacy Coach at Northwest Jackson Middle School in JPS. All of his siblings participated in the choir or band at Murrah High School.

"We proudly celebrate Rigel, and we are grateful to God for blessing him with these opportunities," said Robinson Sr.