Dog Jams slated for April 21

By Aaron Mainiero

If any music lover is looking to attend a live music event in Ruston, or if any musicians are looking to perform for an audience, be sure to check out Louisiana Tech’s upcoming Dog Jams event. 

On April 21, the Louisiana Tech Music Society will put on its second annual Dog Jams music performance in the TONK, located in the Student Center at Louisiana Tech.

“Dog Jams is our annual battle of the bands competition done across Louisiana Tech and the community of Ruston, Leevi Morris, vice president of the LTMS, said. “The winner receives a demo recording in the Louisiana Tech School of Music recording booth.”

Several bands will perform, including Slow Cheetah, Diggin’ Dawgs, and Papa and the Kittens, as well as a special performance from the Louisiana Tech School of Music Pop Ensemble.

“We will have two experienced School of Music professors, Professor Jesse Kinne and Dr. Shayla Blake, judge the competition this year,” Abbey Welch, president of the LTMS, said.

To register to perform at Dog Jams, contact Welch at, or use this Google Form sign up link, located at the bottom of the page.

“It’s on April 21,” Morris said, “Come out; it’ll be great, just a blast all around. Come hang out, meet new people, take a break before exams and listen to some live music.”

Any Tech student interested in joining the Louisiana Tech Music Society can contact Welch or Wes Cavin at to receive information on how and where to attend the meetings. 

“Louisiana Tech Music Society was formed in Winter Quarter of 2019. Our purpose is to support and advocate for the School of Music and local artists,” Welch shared.

The LTMS welcomes any Louisiana Tech student that has a passion for music.

“We’re a group of students, some are affiliated with School of Music, and some aren’t,” Morris said. “We just get together, plan an event, and promote the newly established School of Music and help advertise their events throughout the school year.”

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