A band, turned into a music school... but still a band.
If you love music and you want to be different, come with us.
We will change the world.
"For years, the poet was silent; his voice was scattered, his work was not yet completed, and memories of him were fading.
All the while, God had not forgotten him; a world away, The LORD was raising up unlikely people, not to begin a new mission, but to continue what the poet had already started.
They were broken, they were healed; they were slaves redeemed, they were sinners purified. They all came together in the place where God had led them, and they called it Levi Square."
Levi Square is not a picturesque community. It is a place for ragamuffins who know they are at a loss for earning their way to the table of the Lord; it is a refuge where the broken will find acceptance, unconditional love, and healing that they could not earn. Neither physical appearances nor socioeconomic statuses bear any weight; all are welcome. The name Levi Square is rooted in the story of the Feast at the House of Levi (Matthew 9:9-13, Mark 2:13-17). How this came to be is quite the tale.
It started out as a high school senior's daydream. In history class, band founder Mills studied a painting by Paolo Veronese, having no idea that this school assignment would change his life. The painting depicted one of his favorite Bible passages, that interesting dinner party at the disciple Levi's house. Having seen a beautiful renaissance rendering of this flawless Jesus, to the dismay of the self-righteous, reclining at the table with those "sinners and tax collectors," he grew to love the story all the more. Mills wanted a band that would display the present-day manifestation of that community; a place where no one has to be fake, where everyone knows they are not good enough, and where Jesus is with them.
This took some time to materialize. In 2018, a young music major was asked to lead worship for a weekly prayer gathering at the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Mills brought along Jared Humphers and Hannah Johnson; none of them knew how pivotal a day this was. With their unique musical style, they won over the small congregation of Baptist executives and strategists. Subsequently, these three expanded to a six-person crew for a youth crusade rally they had been invited to in the small community of Tullos, Louisiana, where they first took on the name Levi Square. They saw an opening in the door of opportunity and kicked it down. They made their next appearance the following February in front of thousands of participants at the Central Louisiana March for Life. Since then, they have been a group of freelance ragamuffins with a desperate love of Jesus Christ, an affinity for music, and a drive to change the world.
Levi Square has become far more than its members could have ever dreamed of. They tried to organize a band and instead became a family. They stand hand in hand under the banner of the almighty God and sing the gospel for the world to hear. You might just want to see this for yourself.