Showing posts with label Marching 100. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Marching 100. Show all posts

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Dr. William P. Foster's legacy will live on in CBDNA project

The legacy of Marching 100 founder Dr. William P. Foster will live on through a collaboration of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), Music for All (MFA), and National Band Association (NBA). The organizations have joined forces to create the William P. Foster Project to support bands in underserved communities.

According to the program's website, the Dr. William P. Foster Project will focus on three areas:


Develop "a network of peer consultants committed to connecting with individual teachers and leading band programs in underserved schools and communities to support their efforts in ensuring excellence in musical opportunities for all students."

Award Excellence

"Recognizes quality programs serving historically disadvantaged student populations. This exciting initiative will honor select educators, and their band programs, which are challenging students and reaching a high level of excellence."

Best Practices

Assemble "a growing collection of articles, videos, and links for band directors to access and help to support of their students and schools."

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

“Marching 100” band campers feel inspired, grateful “To Be In That Number”

After more than 25 years, Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) renowned Marching “100” Band Camp is still striking strong.

More than 350 middle and high school students from more than 22 states across the country participated in the most comprehensive music camp nationwide. FAMU’s Marching “100” Band Camp is the only one of its kind to include special ensembles, symphonic and jazz bands, leadership development and it’s defining factor, the marching band experience.

“We were excited to have more than 350 students from across the country,” said Director of Bands, Shelby Chipman. “We had a great time developing these students in the areas of character, musicianship and professionalism.”

Friday, August 31, 2018

FAMU’s drum majors discuss historic milestones during news conference

Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) drum majors leading the renowned Marching “100” discussed several historic milestones during a news conference on August 9.

The marching band’s first female and Hispanic drum majors will make this year’s corps among the most diverse in the band’s 72-year history.

Cori Bostic, a broadcast journalism major and honors student from Atlanta, Georgia is the band’s first female drum major. She is also a campus radio personality and student journalist for the campus newspaper.

This is the second year that Aaron Torres, a recent political science graduate now working on his master’s degree in applied social science will join the corps.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Cori Bostic makes history as first woman selected to be a Marching 100 drum major

Cori Bostic, a student in Florida A&M University School of Journalism and Graphic Communication, has made history as the first-ever woman drum major in the Marching “100.” Director of Bands Shelby Chipman made the announcement earlier this week.

“Congratulations Cori Bostic!” FAMU President Larry Robinson tweeted on July 31st. “You’re marching into Rattler history!”

The new drum major graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School in Atlanta, Georgia. She plays the piccolo in the marching and symphonic bands. Both of her parents were members of the Marching “100.”

Bostic, an honors broadcast journalism student, is a campus radio personality on the student-run 90.5 FM and a reporter for the The FAMUan, the university’s student newspaper. She previously played basketball for FAMU and was honored as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) All-Academic Team. She is also a trained lifeguard.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

FAMU working to raise more than $400,000 to send Marching 100 to Rose Bowl

During the Florida Blue Florida Classic Battle of the Bands last week, FAMU Director of Bands Shelby Chipman announced a fundraiser for the Marching 100’s road to the Tournament of Roses Parade (Rose Bowl) in Pasadena, California in 2019.

Chipman set a $100,000 goal he hopes to reach by the end of December. The band received $22,000 in donations and pledges between Thursday and Saturday.

FAMU alumnus Bernard Kinsey, a former band member and major financial contributor to the Marching 100 is excited. He lives in California.

 “We can’t wait for them to come out there and change the script for what marching bands do for the Rose Bowl parade,” Kinsey said. “They’ve never heard anything or seen anything like the Florida A&M University marching band.”

Donors who give $1,000 or more will receive a commemorative plaque and a listing on a donor recognition wall that will be housed outside of the band building on campus.

Chipman is seeking 78 more donors to help him reach this milestone and will launch an additional campaign to raise $400,000 by the end of summer 2018. The total cost of the Rose Bowl trip is $500,000.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Marching “100” unveils new uniforms as a new era in its history dawns

Since its inception more than 71 years ago, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Marching “100” has set the bar as global innovators of marching band performance, pageantry and musicianship.

On Saturday, before a crowd of more than 47,800 spectators at the Florida Blue Florida Classic, the band once again set the bar by unveiling new uniforms that pay homage to its legacy while signifying the beginning of a new era.

FAMU alumni Bernard and Shirley Kinsey donated $250,000 in 2016 during the Florida Classic to help the band purchase new uniforms and a branded trailer to transport the band’s instruments and equipment. Bernard Kinsey was a member of the band and met his wife at FAMU.

Shirley Kinsey said, “This is like prom and graduation all rolled into one. I’m very proud of these students, not just for their musicianship but for academics also.”

Many of the band’s members, including its freshman class, boast GPAs ranging from 3.0 to 4.0.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Marching 100 receives prestigious invite to 2019 Rose Bowl Parade

The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) world-renowned Marching “100” is headed to the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in 2019. The University’s band has received an invitation to participate in this Rose Bowl-connected event in Pasadena, California.

The Marching 100 has mesmerized audiences around the globe for more than 70 years. Throughout its history, the internationally acclaimed band has performed in multiple high-profile events including the Super Bowl, the Grammy Awards, the 1989 French Bicentennial Celebration in Paris, France, and the inaugurations of U.S. presidents.

As one of the most famous and recognized New Year’s Day events in the nation, an opportunity to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade provides a unique platform to entertain millions of viewers on one of the most recognized stages in the world. This marks FAMU’s first appearance in the parade.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

FAMU alumni unite to bring Marching 100 to St. Augustine Easter Parade

The St. Augustine Easter Week Festival has invited Florida A&M University’s world- renowned Marching “100” band to perform during the Easter Sunday Parade on April 16 beginning at 3 p.m. The historic parade route starts at the Authentic Old Jail Museum, 167 San Marco Avenue, and runs through the historic district in downtown St. Augustine.

The Willie Galimore FAMU National Alumni Chapter launched a donation campaign to bring nearly 200 members of the FAMU band to the parade through a variety of activities to raise funds which support the band’s transportation, lodging and food.

“We are very proud of our alumni and business partners for donations and direct funding, and for producing statewide events like t-shirt sales, raffles and barbeques,” said Cynthia A. Williams, vice president of the Willie Galimore FAMU National Alumni Chapter and principal of St. Johns Technical High School and St. Johns Virtual School in St. Augustine.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Shelby R. Chipman named new FAMU director of bands

Yesterday evening, during the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association’s Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala, FAMU President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., announced Shelby R. Chipman, Ph.D., as the new director of the University’s Marching Band and Pep Bands. Chipman is a FAMU alumnus, and currently serves as associate music professor and director of symphonic bands.

Sylvester Young, Ph.D., who has led the band program since May 2013, has decided to return to the classroom full time. He said he will continue to provide support to the band, but explained that the time is right for Chipman to lead the program.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Marching 100 pre-game show at 2015 FAMU vs. NCCU matchup

Gerald Tookes of Impact Visual Media recorded the Marching 100's pre-game show in Bragg Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 10, 2015 through drone video.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Glover pays to bring “Battle of the Bands” to FAMU despite Mangum’s refusal to do the same for TSU

A total of 18,202 people filled Bragg Memorial Stadium for last weekend’s home opener game. That was a great start to the football season considering the average home game numbers from the past three years. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the average home game attendance for the Rattlers was 14,261 in 2012, 11,169 in 2013, and 11,172 in 2014.

The 0-3 record of the Rattler football didn’t help bring those fans to the campus. But the return of the “Battle of the Bands” between FAMU and Tennessee State University (TSU) did.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Young says FAMU band ready to move closer to 300 members

FAMU Director of Marching and Pep Bands Sylvester Young says the Marching 100 is ready to move closer to 300 members in 2015.

Back in 2013, FAMU hired Young to rebuild a band program that had been on suspension for a year following the hazing death of a drum major and numerous management problems. At the time of the suspension, the band had 400+ members.  

Young has said that the ideal size for the Marching 100 is 256-320 members. According to First Coast News, he thinks the time is right for the band to grow.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Last week, Washington, D.C. became Rattler Country

When the Rattlers traveled to the nation’s capital for last week’s football contest against Howard University, they came away with more than a gridiron victory. The university also won big in terms of recruiting new students, fostering corporate relations, and reconnecting with alumni in the DC metropolitan area.

FAMU President Elmira Mangum, accompanied by Vice-President of Student Affairs William Hudson Jr., awarded nearly $400,000 in scholarships to some of the best and brightest local students. 

For the first time in more than two decades, the world-famous Marching 100 traveled to DC to participate in the festivities surrounding Howard University’s homecoming.