The Marching 100 that is heading to Sun Life Stadium has more returning members than the previous season’s band did. Back in 2013, Director of Bands Sylvester Young said that about 70 percent of the Marching 100’s membership was new. According to a story published by WFSU, just under half of this year’s student musicians are rookies.
Young has said that the ideal size for the Marching 100 is 256-320 members, rather than the previous 400+ members.
Leroy Lubin, principal of the trumpet section, says that many of the new members needed lots of teaching.
“There’s a lot they need to learn,” Lubin said in an interview. “Some of them kind of know some of the concepts because their high schools do what FAMU does, but then you have kids who have never marched a day in their lives. Then you have kids who went to core-style bands, and they’ve never had to lift up their knees. So we have to take it to the basics, like day-one fundamentals: teaching them how we march, how to point your toe in the air, how to drive it in the ground – toe, ball, heel.”