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

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.

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.

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.  

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Marching 100 travels to DC to support Rattlers

From Staff Reports and the Howard University Hilltop student newspaper:

The FAMU Marching 100 traveled to Howard University for the Rattler football team's game against Howard University.  The band's visit marks their first visit to Howard in 25 years.  The 100rd will be a crucial element of support for the Rattler football team who are 1-1 in the MEAC as they face another conference foe.  The band, along with an expected large contingent of FAMU alumni from all over the northeast, could be the edge Rattlers need to secure a win.

The Rattlers, coming off their first win of the season last week, will need a win today if they are to have any hope of winning the conference title this year.  FAMU will look to improve against a Howard Bison team that is 0-4 in the MEAC, and 1-6 overall.  Today's game will see the Rattlers play homecoming guest for the second time this season.
Howard Anticipates Band Battle
While the added excitement of a Howard Homecoming should be enough of an attraction, Howard fans  are looking forward to seeing the 100rd.  According to Howard band director John E. Newson, the H.U. "Showtime" band will be playing some new music for homecoming to add an element of surprise.

“Florida A&M is one of the top HBCU bands,” Newson said. “We battled them in ‘88 and in ‘89 and saw them in the Battle of the Bands, so the band might not be used to them, but I am, and I halfway know where they’re coming from.”

The fifth quarter will sound off following the official end of the football game, where Showtime will have a one-on-one battle with the Marching 100.

Read the full article here.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fabulous Coach Lines had $5M insurance limit

Back during a 2012 interview with CNN Reporter George Howell, Fabulous Coach Lines President Ray Land defended his business’ actions on the day that FAMU drum major Robert Champion lost his life aboard a vehicle owned by the company. Champion died from injuries he suffered during a 2011 hazing ritual that took place on a Fabulous Coach Lines bus in Orlando, Florida. The Champion family later filed a civil law suit against the company.

“To own and operate a fleet of buses like this, Fabulous Coach Lines maintains a high insurance limit,” Howell reported. “And Ray Land believes that is the reason his business is being targeted. He believes the lawsuit is misguided.”

It now looks like the Champions might have been successful in getting a piece of that “high insurance limit.” Last week, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Champions had reached a settlement with the bus company. The Champions have declined to release details about the agreement.

According to the records of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Fabulous Coach Lines had a $5 million insurance limit from June 30, 2011 through January 27, 2012. Champion died on November 19, 2011.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Marching 100 to begin its 2014 season with 170 students

Last year, 149 students took the field with the Marching 100. This year, FAMU will take a slightly larger band of 170 students to Miami for its first halftime performance of the year.

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.

Monday, August 25, 2014

FOX and VH1 ask Don P. Roberts to return as executive band consultant for Drumline sequel

After a 12-year wait, a sequel to the motion picture “Drumline” is finally near. Once again, fans will see the name of FAMU alumnus Don P. Roberts in the credits as the “executive band consultant.”

The 2002 film “Drumline,” released by 20th Century Fox, was a box office hit that made more than $57 million across the globe. According to Robert’s official biography, he was “responsible for training the actors, writing the precision drills, [and] rehearsing the band” in his role as executive band consultant for that film. He later created the traveling show “Drumline Live!” to bring the historically black college and university (HBCU) band performance experience to an even wider number of audiences.

The “Drumline” sequel will be a made-for-television movie that will debut on VH1 in the fall of 2014. Fox Television Studios is a partner in the production. With Roberts in charge of the drills and choreography, the Marching 100 legacy will be prominently represented again.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Charges dropped charges against former band member in Champion case

Prosecutors have dropped charges against one of the remaining defendants in the hazing death of Robert Champion.   

Henry Nesbitt had faced manslaughter and hazing charges until the state attorney notified the court Friday that they would not pursue prosecution of those alleged crimes, according to Orange County court documents and published reports.
“Henry Nesbitt was the one person who was there who snatched someone’s cellphone and called 911 for Mr. Champion,” Nesbitt’s attorney, Zachary White, said Saturday. “The evidence shows that he wasn’t on the bus at the time when any of the activities were going on.”
White said there was a lack of evidence for prosecutors to move forward with a case against Nesbitt.

Monday, November 25, 2013

FAMU strikes blow against culture of hazing with safe Marching 100 season

The culture of hazing that has plagued the FAMU student body for years won’t disappear overnight, but the university scored a critical victory against it during the 2013 marching band season.

FAMU’s Marching 100 is done with its football halftime performance schedule for this school year. There were no reported incidents of hazing.

Former FAMU President James H. Ammons suspended the 100 in November, 2011 following the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion, Jr. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Champion “willingly participated” in a violent, unauthorized pledging ritual aboard a parked bus after that year’s Florida Classic in Orlando.

At Ammons’s request, the FAMU Board of Trustees approved a new comprehensive Anti-Hazing Plan. It introduced new band regulations that included a four-year cap on the number of years a student can participate in music department bands, a requirement that all band members be enrolled full-time at FAMU, and a ban on practices that are not supervised by music department staff.