As most bands are just climbing out of pre-drill and some have still yet to play their first games, the 2018 marching season has been officially “kicked off”. To say it was an eventful start would be an understatement!
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.
I created the motto because I needed something to help me guide band students to a higher place, a level of excellence for which they were all striving. It gave them something by which they could live daily.
EXCERPT EIGHT: The Bicentennial Bastille Day Parade – The Paris, France experience was exhilarating, a historic milestone and high honor for the band to be the official and sole representative of the United States of America in the Bastille Day Parade.
EXCERPT SEVEN: GROWING MY OWN CROP – In this excerpt Dr Foster discusses the creation of band dance routines, band pageants (themed shows), and the creation & publication of “The Marching Band Bible”
EXCERPT FIVE – CONTRIBUTORS TO THE LEGACY – In his own words Dr Foster talks about individuals who have contributed to the legacy of the Marching “100” or contributed to his own legacy in some way.
EXCERPT FOUR – A GREAT CHALLENGE – The future of our youth in this changing world is dependent in part on how we as contributors to our community and society can assist youth in becoming high achievers. This is a great challenge.
EXCERPT THREE – GROWING MY OWN CROP – My “growing your own crop” methods involved recruiting, evaluating, and training our own alumni, gleaned from our own fertile fields, or as today’s students say, “the patch”…
EXCERPT TWO – THE SUDLER TROPHY – “To be the recipient of the Sudler Trophy award, to walk or march with such distinguished honorees remains an accomplishment of which we are very proud, not so much for ourselves, but most importantly, for our University and its community of supporters at home and abroad”