It is a current trend to focus less on the marching band and more on the wind ensemble but I don’t agree. I think it’s important to focus our attention equally on all of the ensembles of the band program while remembering what sells tickets.
In this excerpt Dr Foster discusses tools he used to recruit for the Marching 100 and how successful these efforts proved to be over the years. He also mentions the talents of his very qualified staff and how their hard work and dedicated assistance made it possible for him to announce his retirement as Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Bands at Florida A&M University in 1998.
I believe this award is important because it is established as THE measure for excellence among America’s elite college marching band programs. I believe it’s time for an HBCU Band program, the ones we claim to be the best every year, to participate in the process again and to win.
JUST when we thought we had braved the worst of this miserable year… This happened.
The Florida A&M University Marching 100 dawned new uniforms at The Florida Classic in Orlando this past weekend and all hell broke loose..
It’s been an eventful year to say the least. We will touch on many of these happenings as we explore the 2017 Season by conference.
Many would argue that any reputable list of “the best” black college bands would have to include at least one powerhouse from each conference. That’s a fair assumption, but at the same time it is the exact issue that has plagued Tennessee State University’s Aristocrat of Bands (AOB) and others.