Every day, more than 500,000 Spartans around the world rise to practically every challenge imaginable, proving again and again that Spartans Will. Michigan State University is collecting the stories of the Spartans -- alumni, students, faculty, and staff who are contributing to the common good in ways both big and small.
College of Music Spartan Sagas
Henry Butler lost his sight as an infant and says he harnesses emotional energy to inspire, uplift and encourage, whether playing jazz piano or capturing images for photographic compositions. The New Orleans native mastered a number of instruments at the Louisiana State School for the Blind in Baton Rouge before earning a master’s degree in vocal music from Michigan State University. Butler transcends labels and limitations. He performs his acclaimed and eclectic jazz nationally and internationally, and his photographs are exhibited throughout the country. Click on the image below to watch Henry's story.
"I was a drummer. I played snare drum. It was just my love. I loved it. I had seen the Michigan State drumline on television. It really got me going in the small college I went to. I worked like crazy to get my grades up so I could transfer to Michigan State. Eventually, after my first year at MSU, I was offered a scholarship, which kept me going. I did everything possible to be in the drumline -- and made it. So I would say that Michigan State had everything to do with any success I have now—my happiness, a lot of my happiness." Click on the image below to watch Merritt's story.