Sunday, June 12, 2016
FAMU Wind Symphony, Conductor, Dr. Shelby Chipman; Alto Sax BK Jackson
TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- The standing ovation began before President Elmira Mangum could finish her announcement. The national alumni audience in Tampa was on its feet with cheers and applause.
The cellphones came out and the news took a trip around the world as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and others spread the word that Dr. Shelby Chipman had become director of bands at Florida A&M University.
Sybil Wilkes, co-host of the Tom Joyner Show, informed her audience of more than eight million. Rattler Nation was abuzz with the news.
The reverence for Chipman was so overwhelming because it has been clear for sometime that he has the right stuff. As the new director of the Marching 100, Chipman has received a call to honor and a call to greatness.
A call to honor the past by preserving the signature instrumental expression known as the “FAMU sound.” That lilting combination of percussion, brass and woodwind tonal colors instantly recognized across the globe, mixed in with complex sophisticated forms of music, from concertos and symphonies to contemporary jazz and rhythm and blues, that always reminds us of the power of music to change the world.
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