George Bell and Friends to Perform at Nicholls

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University invites you to support student scholarships with an evening of romantic jazz, brought to you by a Nicholls alum and popular Louisiana musician.

As part of Nicholls Black History Month, George Bell and Friends will host a concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, in the Mary and Al Danos Theater. Tickets are $35 for the community, $25 for faculty, staff and alumni, and $5 for students. All proceeds will be donated to Nicholls Department of Music scholarships.

“I know the challenges students face and the importance of scholarship dollars in helping folks either come to Nicholls, or remain at Nicholls,” Bell said. “I’m looking forward to being able to do this in support of a scholarship fund.”

A Thibodaux native and Nicholls alum who spent three decades working in healthcare, Bell has emerged as a coveted trumpeter in Louisiana over the past decade. He started out playing a few shows and now George Bell & Friends play multiple times across the state each year.

The band, many local to the Bayou Region, includes Herman Jackson on drums, Harry Anderson on bass, Andy Bourgeois on piano, Ray Mouton on guitar, Greg Ward on percussion and harmonica, Roger Kimball on saxophone, Betsy Braud on saxophone and flute, Bobby Pitre on vocals and Hilda Trenise Gautier on harp.

“It is a great way to spend an afternoon with a close loved one or someone special and enjoy an afternoon of romantic jazz,” Bell said. “This will be my fourth concert in Thibodaux since 2014. Being from Thibodaux, and a graduate of Nicholls State University, I am just delighted to return home to perform for my friends and family in that area.”

Tickets are available on – search for George Bell – or by calling the music department at 448-4600. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

The Nicholls Black History Month events are sponsored by Synergy Bank.


CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or

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