In the early 1940’s the officials told him it could not be done.
Face the facts, forget this nonsense, it hadn’t been done because it was impossible!
Gathering 100 young musicians to perform complex choreography and play complex music was beyond human capabilities.
He proved them wrong.
June 1, 1946 – William P. Foster became Director of Bands at Florida A & M University with 16 members, and created what is known today as “The Most Imitated Marching Band in America.”
He is credited with revolutionizing marching band techniques and reshaping the world’s concept of the collegiate marching band.
His textbook “Band Pageantry” is considered to be “The Bible” for the marching band.
1950 – The Marching Band consisted of 110 members and became widely known as “The Marching 100.” –famu.edu
A trip through History
Ranking high among the many proud traditions of Florida A&M University is the highly acclaimed Marching “100” Band.
The first band at this institution, formerly named A&M College, was organized in 1892 under the tutelage of P.A. Van Weller.
From a meager store of 16 instruments, the Marching “100” has grown to over 420 members.
This organization has been polished and refined to perfection for the past 104 years under the guidance of its directors:
- P.A. Van Weller, 1892 – 1898
- Nathaniel C. Adderly, 1910 – 1918
- Leander A. Kirksey, 1930 – 1945
- Dr. William P. Foster, 1945 – 1998
- Dr. Julian E. White, 1998 – 2012
- Dr. Sylvester Young, 2013 – present
Qualities to live by to guide our thoughts and to rule our actions/lives:
“Highest Quality of CHARACTER”
“Achievement in ACADEMICS”
“Attainment in LEADERSHIP”
“Perfection in MUSICIANSHIP”
“Precision in MARCHING”
“Dedication to SERVICE”
The Florida A&M University Bands, a role model of excellence.
First The Drum Majors:
The most imitated marching band in the world.
“Often imitated, but never duplicated.”
THE BEST IN THE WORLD:
Florida A&M University Marching 100 Aug. 28, 2010:
Title: FAMU Marching 100 at the Sprite Charlotte Battle of the Bands 2010
Posted 9 Aug 2013 by Derek Harrison
Title: Miami Hurricanes Host FAMU and the Marching 100 Band! 2009
Posted 11 Oct 2009 by William Holderby
Everything You Heard About The 100 Is True
Title: FAMU 2002 @ 1st Honda Battle of the Bands – January 2003
Posted 18 Apr 2017 by hhorns2002
Title: FAMU Marching In – 2017 FAMU Tampa Classic
Posted 16 Sep 2017 by ShowtimeWeb
Title: FAMU 2007 – Atlanta Classic Halftime
Posted 19 Apr 2017 by hhorns2002
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