The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) world-renowned Marching “100” is headed to the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade in 2019. The University’s band has received an invitation to participate in this Rose Bowl-connected event in Pasadena, California.
The Marching “100″ has mesmerized audiences around the globe for more than 70 years. Throughout its history, the internationally acclaimed band has performed in multiple high-profile events including the Super Bowl, the Grammy Awards, the 1989 French Bicentennial Celebration in Paris, France, and the inaugurations of U.S. presidents.
As one of the most famous and recognized New Year’s Day events in the nation, an opportunity to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade provides a unique platform to entertain millions of viewers on one of the most recognized stages in the world. This marks FAMU’s first appearance in the parade.
“Congratulations to Band Director Dr. Shelby Chipman, our dedicated music department faculty and staff, and, of course, our outstanding student musicians. With the support of the entire FAMU family and friends around the nation, we will mark the Tournament of Roses Parade as another chapter in the storied histories of FAMU and the Marching ‘100,’” said FAMU’s Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D.
Chipman added, “Our students continue to be recognized for excellence, hard work and their dedication to being the best in musicianship, performance, and academics. We look forward to this exciting opportunity and putting on an unforgettable show.”
Tournament of Roses parade officials say they chose FAMU because of the group’s exceptional talent, dedication, and showmanship. Sixty million people will view the parade worldwide and as many as 700,000 people will watch the performance in-person.
The band has already started its fundraising efforts to finance the trip. Supporters can contribute by contacting the FAMU Foundation Office at850-412-5755 or Dr. Shelby Chipman at 850-599-3024.