FAMU Director of Bands Shelby Chipman, Ph.D., has announced the newest drum majors of the world-renowned Marching “100” Band. The roster includes some of FAMU’s most accomplished students, including one female musician that has made University and band history.
“On behalf of the FAMU band staff, I’m very pleased to congratulate the newly appointed officers and leaders of the incomparable FAMU Marching “100” student leadership team to include our returning drum majors; our new drum majors Mr. Joshua Honore, Ms. Cori Bostic and Mr. Marquel Bowen; our new Band President Ms. Myrcele Neal-Scott; and a host of other dedicated leaders who will continue the 72-year legacy of our esteemed band program,” Chipman said.
Cori Bostic is a broadcast journalism and honors scholar from Atlanta, Georgia and has made history as the first-ever female drum major in the Marching “100.” She is also a member of the symphonic band and played basketball for the Lady Rattlers. She was honored as a member of the MEAC All-Academic Team and serves as a campus radio personality and student journalist for the campus newspaper. She is also a trained lifeguard. Both of Bostic’s parents were members of the Marching “100.”
Marquel Bowen from Miami Gardens, Florida is a public relations scholar. He is also a student journalist and is active in multiple student organizations on campus including the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the Strikers Dance Troupe.
Joshua Honore is from Miami, Florida and is a music education scholar. More details on Honore are forthcoming.
Myrcele Neal-Scott is a music performance scholar from Pompano Beach, Florida. She aspires to be a music therapist. Her passion is to pursue graduate research focusing on the study of how music stimulates brain function in mental patients.
The roster of returning drum majors will be announced later this month.
“Our band leaders represent the diversity, dedication and academic prowess of our band scholars,” Chipman said. “We are excited about the opportunity to electrify Rattler fans/supporters near and far, as we also prepare to march in the January 1, 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.”
The community is asked to show their support for the new drum majors and the entire award-winning band as they work to raise funds to support their appearance at the prestigious Tournament of Roses, which will include an experiential learning and research agenda.
To donate and support the band, visit my.famu.edu/giving/tor.
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