Wednesday, June 1, 2016

FAMU's "Marching 100" Celebrates 70 Years

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Florida A&M University's marching band reached a milestone Wednesday. "The Marching 100" celebrated its 70th anniversary.

The band also recently welcomed a new director.

Dr. Shelby Chipman says he's "blessed" to lead this group, which has been a hallmark at the university now for seven decades.

"The Marching 100" was founded on June 1, 1946, under the direction of Dr. William P. Foster.

The band grew over the years, making a number of national and international performances, including Super Bowl appearances and the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Chipman says his time marching with the band as a student was special.

"Those were great times," he said, "and I never thought being here as a young pup, trying out for 'The Marching 100' in 1982 would lend itself to me being in the position I am."


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