ABOUT THE FAMU MARCHING FRESHMAN CLASS OF 2003

Mission
Our mission is to assist students of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with financial support and professional experience . Our goal is to utilize our resources and skills to generate interest in the development of tools that will provide assistance to current and future FAMU Rattlers.

Our Class

The FAMU Marching 100 freshman class of 2003 consists of individuals from all over the world who shared a common goal - a desire to join the greatest band in the land. These students stated and applied the following band motto:

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 Band, a role model of excellence.

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FAMU MARCHING 100 CLASS OF 2003

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Mission
Our mission is to assist students of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with financial support and professional experience . Our goal is to utilize our resources and skills to generate interest in the development of tools that will provide assistance to current and future FAMU Rattlers.


The FAMU Marching 100 freshman class of 2003 consists of individuals from all over the world who shared a common goal - a desire to join the greatest band in the land. These students stated and applied the following band motto:

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.

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HISTORY OF FAMU MARCHING 100

The FAMU Marching 100 band was established in 1946 by Dr. William P. Foster as director of bands and 16 students. In 1950, the student roster grew to 110 thus warranting the name, Marching 100. This is the year that the 100 became known as the first African-American band to perform in the Festival of States Parade.


In 1953, the Marching 100 used dance routines from the music of "Alexander's Ragtime Band" for the official halftime show at the Orange Blossom Classic that was held in Miami, Florida.


Between 1953 and 1958, the band was featured in publications such as Ebony Magazine, the Courier Magazine, and the Miami Herald.

The Marching 100 premiered nationally on CBS TV in 1963 at the "Pro - Play Off Bowl" during the Florida Classic. International exposure followed in December of that year as the band performed in Nassau, Bahamas.

Five years later, Dr. Foster wrote "Band Pageantry: A Guide for the Marching Band." Several nationally televised performances followed including the 1969 Super Bowl III held in Miami, Florida.


In 1971, the band added the Flag Corp, affectionately known as the "Dirty Dozen". February 24, 1979 was declared FAMU Band Day by the National General Assembly and in 1981, the band was featured the "60 Minutes" TV show and 20 minutes two years later.


Although many national accolades and performances followed, one of the highlights was the band's acceptance of the "Sudler Intercollegiate Marching Band Trophy."


The band performed in several presidential inaugurations, documentaries (CNN, ESPN,) and headlining performances (Grammy's, American Band Master's Asscoiations).

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The FAMU Marching 100 band was established in 1946 by Dr. William P. Foster as director of bands and 16 students. In 1950, the student roster grew to 110 thus warranting the name, Marching 100. This is the year that the 100 became known as the first African-American band to perform in the Festival of States Parade.


In 1953, the Marching 100 used dance routines from the music of "Alexander's Ragtime Band" for the official halftime show at the Orange Blossom Classic that was held in Miami, Florida.


Between 1953 and 1958, the band was featured in publications such as Ebony Magazine, the Courier Magazine, and the Miami Herald.

The Marching 100 premiered nationally on CBS TV in 1963 at the "Pro - Play Off Bowl" during the Florida Classic. International exposure followed in December of that year as the band performed in Nassau, Bahamas.

Five years later, Dr. Foster wrote "Band Pageantry: A Guide for the Marching Band." Several nationally televised performances followed including the 1969 Super Bowl III held in Miami, Florida.

FAMU Marching 100 History

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In 1971, the band added the Flag Corp, affectionately known as the "Dirty Dozen". February 24, 1979 was declared FAMU Band Day by the National General Assembly and in 1981, the band was featured the "60 Minutes" TV show and 20 minutes two years later.


Although many national accolades and performances followed, one of the highlights was the band's acceptance of the "Sudler Intercollegiate Marching Band Trophy."


The band performed in several presidential inaugurations, documentaries (CNN, ESPN,) and headlining performances (Grammy's, American Band Master's Asscoiations).

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