The University of Missouri mourns the loss of a member of Marching Mizzou.
What Happened to Alex Jackson?
On November 24, Alex Jackson, a 20-year-old third-year student at MU, lost away from cancer. Jackson played the mellophone and was a part of the Marching Mizzou band.
He also belonged to the Kappa Kappa Psi service fraternity and played the French horn in the Horn Choir. The University of Missouri School of Music posted on Facebook, “He touched the hearts and lives of so many and he fought such a good fight.”
“His professors, bandmates, and students are all currently in grief with him. Additionally, his family, who helped him until the end, is in our thoughts.” Jackson will graduate from Creighton, Missouri’s Sherwood High School in 2020. He participated in the band and scholar bowl there.
Alex Jackson Cause of Death
University of Missouri School of Music announced the death news of Alex the statement reads,
We are saddened to share the news that Alex Jackson, a junior music major, passed away on November 24 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.He was a beloved member of the French horn studio and played mellophone in Marching Mizzou (M2). His final performance with M2 was at Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs game in front of thousands. He touched the hearts and lives of so many and he fought such a good fight. Professors, ensemble members, and classmates of his all share in mourning right now. Our hearts are also with his family who supported him to the very end.
We are planning a candlelight vigil for Alex next week here in Columbia. More details to follow. His obituary can be found here:
Alex Jackson’s final days
At a Kansas City Chiefs game, Jackson gave his final performance with Marching Mizzou in front of a large crowd at Arrowhead Stadium.
According to a Facebook post on Marching Mizzou, “This past season in Band 136 while getting chemo treatments he still made practically every rehearsal and performance that his body would allow.” He fought this sickness so valiantly because he loved Marching Mizzou, which was among the reasons.
He only had one college option, and Marching Mizzou was the sole college band. He wanted to represent Marching Mizzou as a boisterous, animated, and upbeat person that would encourage everyone to “find the good in the bad times and keep trying to be what we are, which is the ‘Best Band’.”
The School of Music announced through email that it will have a candlelight vigil for Jackson the following week. The vigil’s specifics are still to be announced.