HBCU DIGITAL Band Showcase: FAMU’s Incomparable Marching 100


There are only a handful of programs in HBCU band culture that are iconic. The Marching 100 is one of them.


There are plenty of traditions and legacies within the landscape of HBCU bandom. There are lots of bands with regional reputations and bragging rights. Then there are the “Bluebloods”. Much like college football or basketball, there are names and programs that are simply unique. Those programs have a history and tradition that are undeniable.

One of those “Blueblood” band programs resides in Tallahassee, Florida on the highest of seven hills. That program is Florida A&M’s Incomparable “Marching 100”. The Marching 100’s legacy is a living case study on how HBCU Culture takes the average and makes it unique. The most familiar name in the history of the 100, is arguably one of the most storied names in the legacy of halftime as a performance art form. The late Dr. William P. Foster was an innovator among innovators. His vision of halftime entertainment was the foundation for today’s art form.

This legacy extends beyond the HBCU landscape as well. The Marching 100 is still the only HBCU program to ever win a Sudler Trophy. The program is also credited with over 30 performance innovations that are still used today, at practically every level of marching band performance. The media appearances for the marching 100 are almost too numerous to count. In short, the legacy of the marching 100’s impact on the culture has been substantial.

Today’s Marching 100 may not be as big as past editions, but the hallmarks of that legacy are still there. From the unique “Point & Drive” marching technique to the distinct stereophonic on-field sound, The marching 100 still amazes audiences of all shapes. In today’s ultra-competitive band landscape, the marching 100 is still iconic. Check out the Marching 100’s latest halftime offering against South Carolina State’s “Marching 101“!

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