Composer-Arranger Herbert Boykin’s love of music began as an adolescent while watching and listening to the exuberant array of marching bands performing in the streets of his hometown, Mobile, Alabama during Mardi Gras. Herb was very much enthralled by the rich, robust, resonating sounds of the brass instruments in the bands. It was then that he decided that he wanted to learn to play the trombone.
Herb got his chance to learn to play the trombone when he entered the seventh-grade at Blount High School (Junior High Campus) in Prichard, Alabama. As a student at Blount High School, he participated in the Concert Band, Stage Band, and was Drum Major of the Marching Band before moving to Los Angeles, California at the end of his junior year.
Arriving in Los Angeles in 1968, Herb continued his music education as a member of the Jefferson High School Concert Band, Stage Band, and was Drum Major of the Marching Band when he completed his senior year of high school. Upon graduation, the young bandsman was awarded a Band Scholarship to attend AM&N College in Pine Bluff, Arkansas; currently known as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
While studying to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education at the college, he enjoyed performing in the Concert Band, and was Drum Major of the Marching Band. Similar to his experiences at both high schools, he performed with a stage band that played Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, and Popular Music at talent shows on campus, and at night clubs around the state. The music became more and more exciting as he was now able to play a great variety of musical genres. He also relished the opportunities to conduct the bands, and to try-out musical arrangements he had written.
In 1970, Herb was privileged with the honor of being one of the founding members of the Epsilon Chi Chapter of the Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity installed at the college. Additionally, in 1971 his strong sense of community service and social commitment was enhanced when he became an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. His deep engagement in the educational, musical, and social events allowed him to realize a real appreciation for the value of music to society.
After graduating from college in 1973, Herb returned to Los Angeles to begin a long history of teaching, learning, and performing music. Over the past four decades he has taught music at high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools in California, Alabama, and Oregon. He also served for several years as a Principal and Assistant Principal before retirement.
Most of the band arrangements that you will hear at Her Boy Music Productions are songs that Herb has performed in the past to the delight of band students, and audiences as well. He hopes that you will equally enjoy playing and hearing these great songs.